Dog Man: an Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain

By Martha Sherrill

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After the Japanese surrender in 1945, there were only sixteen Akita dogs left in the country...Morie (Sawataishi) became obsessed with preventing the extinction of the breed, and he did it in a very un-Japanese way: defying convention, breaking the law, giving up the opportunity to hold prestigious engineering jobs in Tokyo... (from summary)
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