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copyright 2020 Katsumasa Masuda

Japan Dog Export was set up over 10 years ago by Shigeru Kato, a Japanese/Australian born in Kanagawa, Japan. With many years of experience in Japanese-English translation and small scale import/export, his passion is the preservation of the Japanese dog breeds (Nihon Ken). He shows, breeds, and works with his Kishu and Shikoku, and is a member of the Nihon Ken Hozonkai (Japanese Dog Preservation Society), the Kai Ken Aigokai (Kai Dog Protection Society), the Japan Kennel Club, and the Dainihon Hunter’s Association. He is the author of The Nihon Ken Blog, the Tora Inu Blog, and his kennel is Awa Yamainu Sou (Awa Mountain Dog). 

copyright 2020 Katsumasa Masuda

While Japan Dog Export was once active in helping find dogs in Japan to send to overseas owners, as of 2020 we no longer offer this service. We feel that with the Japanese breeds having gained much more visibility overseas, and having helped to seed many overseas gene pools with foundation dogs, that we can move on from this portion of our efforts. However, we will continue to use our expertise in import/export to help dogs and their owners find their way through the language and logistical barriers when moving in and out of Japan.


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    1. Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately we no offer our services in this regard.

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