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Puppy love between Tokyo & Moscow

Publication Date : 21-06-2012

 

Puppy love between Tokyo & Moscow AKITA: Akita governor Norihisa Satake is hoping some puppy love will ease diplomatic tensions between Tokyo and Moscow. Satake has announced that the prefecture would present Russian President Vladimir Putin with an Akita puppy in the hopes of strengthening economic exchanges. The breed has been designated as a national monument, and the most famous Akita dog is "Chuken Hachiko", who earned a place in history for his unshakable loyalty to his master, even many years after the master's death. Putin reportedly loves dogs and has two as pets, including a Bulgarian shepherd. The female puppy, meanwhile, was born in Akita Prefecture in late April. The prefectural government asked the Odate-based Akitainu Introduction Foundation to select a puppy. The puppy will be flown to Russia in late July or early August, when it is big enough to be transported by plane.

 

Akita governor Norihisa Satake is hoping some puppy love will ease diplomatic tensions between Tokyo and Moscow.

Satake announced on June 19 that the prefecture would present Russian President Vladimir Putin with an Akita puppy in the hopes of strengthening economic exchanges.

The breed has been designated as a national monument, and the most famous Akita dog is "Chuken Hachiko", who earned a place in history for his unshakable loyalty to his master, even many years after the master's death.

According to the prefectural government, Satake sounded out the foreign ministry about the plan in April after learning that Putin loved dogs and had two as pets, including a Bulgarian shepherd.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told Putin of the planned gift during their bilateral talks on the fringes of the Group of 20 summit meeting held in Mexico. Putin accepted the offer.

The female puppy was born in Akita Prefecture in late April. The prefectural government asked the Odate-based Akitainu Introduction Foundation to select a puppy.

The puppy will be flown to Russia in late July or early August, when it is big enough to be transported by plane.

"Japan and Russia have some diplomatic problems, but I hope the puppy helps to strengthen bilateral ties," Satake said. "I also expect it will help expand exchanges between my prefecture and Russia."

 

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