• 2021-03-15
  • 2021-03-16

Proper Training Can Change His Life – The Akita Dog Taiga’s Journey

One and a half months have passed since the three-year-old male Akita dog Taiga started training at Wannyapia, a prefectural Animal Protection Center in Akita.  In the early stages of his training, Taiga growled and fiercely glared at people just for approaching him.  How is Taiga progressing and what changes […]

  • 2021-03-06
  • 2021-03-06

Popular Akita Dogs Gonta and Torajiro Get a Younger Sister

Five-year-old Gonta and four-year-old Torajiro are two male siblings living in Yuzawa City, Akita. They once modeled for a photo book and attracted many people at various events in Akita Prefecture.  But with record snowfall this winter in Yuzawa and coronavirus restrictions still in place, the two Akita dogs have […]

  • 2021-02-25
  • 2021-02-25

Proper Training Shows Positive Change for an Akita Dog

An Akita dog has been receiving training since early February 2021 at Wannyapia Akita, a Prefectural Animal Protection Center in Akita City, after it was sent there for biting people.  Ms. Suzuki Akiko, a dog trainer for One for Akita, has been training the dog for the past three weeks.  […]

  • 2021-02-17
  • 2021-02-17

The Life of the Loyal Dog Hachiko becomes an English Picture Book

A new English picture book titled HACHI is based on the famous loyal dog Hachiko from Odate City, Akita Prefecture. HACHI will be published on March 8th, 2021, the anniversary date of Hachiko’s passing.  Mr. Sakuraba Eietsu, a former bureaucrat of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries from Katakami […]

  • 2021-02-12
  • 2021-02-12

Regional Promotion Measures by Actively Utilizing Akita Dogs

Contribution: Nagoshi Kenro, Select Professor, Akita International University, Institute for Asian Studies and Regional Collaboration Nagoshi Kenro is a select professor at Akita International University, Institute for Asian Studies and Regional Collaboration (Modern Russian Studies) and is also an advisory member of “Akita Inu no Sato,“(1) an official museum facility […]

  • 2021-01-15
  • 2021-02-03

Morikawa and Hachi – “It’s Great to See You”

Here in Izumicho, Odate City, Akita, a six-year-old male Akita dog “Hachi” enjoys the sunshine in the front entrance. Although Hachi is leashed to a pillar in the spacious living room, the 20-meter lead allows him to find the best spot to relax in the sun. Hachi’s owner Morikawa Mikako, […]

  • 2020-12-13
  • 2020-12-11

“Mongolians Will Love Akita Dogs” – Mongolian Ambassador Came to Odate City

Mongolian Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Dambadarjaa Batjargal, visited Odate City, the hometown of Akita dogs, on December 7th, 2020. Ambassador Batjargal finds Akita dogs intriguing and toured several facilities in Odate to learn more about them. The ambassador believes that Akita dogs will help promote an international relationship between Mongolia […]

  • 2020-12-11
  • 2020-12-11

Do Not Cull but Train an Akita Dog

A family in Odate City, Akita Prefecture, will have their Akita dog receive training, not culling after it bit members of the family. Ms. Suzuki Akiko, a dog trainer of One for Akita, is trying to end culling as a customary practice. Ms. Suzuki said, “Merely killing ferocious dogs does […]

>Where Dogs Connect Akita and the World

Where Dogs Connect Akita and the World

Akita Inu (dogs), with their fluffy coat, round eyes, and an adorable tail that curls up, are now famous worldwide. Akita dogs have a strong body and are best known for their loyal personality. The number of Akita dogs raised overseas continues to increase. In Akita Prefecture, the Akita dog's birthplace, there is an active movement to utilize them for tourism promotion. Akita Sakigake Shimpo, entitled "Akitainu News," will circulate various domestic and international information about Akita dogs. The goal is to connect the world and Akita through Akita dogs.