Anti-discrimination rally

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Anti-discrimination rally

As the organizers of last weekend's 15,000-strong anti-nuclear rally in Koenji predicted, the coming months will see a swell of interest in public demonstrations. To use a particularly Nihon-friendly term, rallying may well be the latest 'boom'.

Originally organised for March 12, but postponed due to the March 11 disaster, this coming weekend will see protestors unite to demonstrate against discrimination in Japan, inspired by the anti-homosexual comments made by controversial Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara in early December and mid-February.

The rally will take place on April 16, 3pm, in Okubo Park, Shinjuku, and will head through Ni-choume (Tokyo's gay district) before communing outside the Governor's office at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Participants are encouraged to wear rainbow colours, and 'anyone who opposes Ishihara's comments and ideologies can participate in the rally, regardless of sex, gender or sexual orientation.'