Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alexei Nikolsky

Putin rejects Japan's dog offer

JAPAN has been left with its tail between its legs, after Russian President Vladimir Putin knocked back the offer of a dog as a gift from the Japanese government.

The dog was intended to be a companion for an akita breed dog called Yume Mr Putin received from Japan in 2012.

Japanese MP Koichi Hagiuda wrote in a blog post: "Unfortunately, we heard from our counterparts and our hope to present a bridegroom was dashed.”

No reason was given for the rejection.

Mr Putin is due to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a summit in Japan next week.


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