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Akita banks on namesake dog to fetch overseas tourists

National Apr 5, 2018

Akita banks on namesake dog to fetch overseas tourists

After winning gold in women's ice skating at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, 15-year old Alina Zagitova has her eyes set on another prize — a Japanese puppy named after Akita, the prefecture from which it originates. While training in Japan for the Olympics, ...