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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 project is the preservation of the Japanese dog breeds (Nihon Ken). 

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Shigeru 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, the Dainihon Hunter’s Association, and is also very active in canine rescue. 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

Japan Dog Export was once active in helping match puppies/dogs in Japan with overseas owners, however as of 2020 we no longer offer this service. We 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, but do not accept requests to broker the sale of dogs.


  1. Good morning,

    Hope you are well. My family is keen on finding a red coat Shiba Inu puppy to live with us in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I would like an ethically bred pedigree but I’m finding it very difficult to find. Could you please help me find a kennel or contact for this?

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


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Since the birth of the Japan Dog Export website in 2012, our site's purpose and design had remained unchanged. However, we've recently refocused our direction on helping solely with pet import/export. This means we no longer accept requests to look for dogs available for sale in Japan. In light of this change, a website revamp was in order.  Thank you to everyone who we have worked with in the past. We hope to continue to be of use to as many pet owners as possible, taking the stress out of moving across borders with your companions.

COVID19 Affecting Import/Export

We continue to receive many inquiries about importing/exporting dogs to/from Japan. I just wanted to update everyone on the current situation, and how COVID19 is affecting the export/import of dogs. All cargo shipping of dogs internationally has been shut down till at least the end of May. We have not yet received a timetable for when this will open up again. Japan was under a national state of emergency which was just lifted recently. Japan’s borders are currently closed to nationals of most countries. The timetable for lifting border restrictions is unknown. We will all just have to wait and see how things progress, and if any new information becomes available I will post an update here on the blog. Shigeru Kato for JDE