Former Yokozuna Asashoryu To Be Given Akita Puppy

Former yokozuna Asashoryu to be given Akita puppy

Former sumo grand champion Asashoryu will be given an Akita dog as a symbol of friendship between Japan and his native Mongolia.

Asashoryu, whose real name is Dolgorsurengiin Dagvadorj, is a special envoy for the Mongolian president and is in charge of strengthening ties with Japan.

An Akita dog preservation group asked the former yokozuna if he would like to have a puppy. The dog, Masao, will be presented to him in July.

Masao is a cousin of Masaru, who was given last month to Alina Zagitova, the Russian figure skating gold medalist at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

The head of the group, Takashi Endo, says he'll be happy if the puppy helps to deepen friendly ties with another country.