Cat Sent By Russian President Putin Delivered To Akita Governor Update

Cat sent by Russian President Putin finally delivered to Akita governorA 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."