A cat sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin was delivered to Akita Prefecture Gov. Norihisa Satake on Feb. 5 after around half a year in quarantine at Narita Airport.
Satake named the cat, a long-haired Siberian male, "Mir," the Russian word for "peace." Russia sent the cat as a reciprocal gift for a dog named "Yume" (dream) that Japan sent to Putin as a measure of gratitude for Russia's support after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Satake, who already keeps 7 cats, explained why he named the cat Mir, saying, "Peace is necessary for dreams to come true."