Cat From Russian Leader Putin Arrives In Akita

Cat from Russian leader Putin arrives in AkitaA Siberian cat given as a gift by Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Tuesday at the Akita prefectural government building in northeastern Japan, with the local governor naming it "Mir" after the Russian word for peace.

The cat was sent in return for an Akita dog given by the prefecture last summer to express appreciation for Russia's support in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

As Putin, known as a dog lover, named the puppy "Yume," meaning dream in Japanese, Akita Gov. Norihisa Satake decided to bestow the Russian name on the male cat, saying, "For a dream to come true, there must be peace."