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KYOTO (Kyodo) A corporate manager was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing a wooden statue of a multiheaded deity from Kenninji Temple in Kyoto in January, police said.

They said they recovered the statue, as well as 21 other Buddhist statues, at the home of Itsuo Abe, 59, in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture.

Admitting to taking the Kenninji statue, Abe allegedly told the police, “I brought home the statue out of my faith, and I worshipped it every day.”

The 50-cm statue was created in the early Edo Period (1603-1868).

Dog owner charged

NAGOYA (Kyodo) The Aichi Prefectural Police on Monday sent information to prosecutors on the owner of a large fighting dog that attacked a man and police officers and was eventually shot.

The 58-year-old owner allegedly violated the rabies prevention act because he had not had the 3-year-old male Tosa vaccinated and had not registered it with local authorities,

The dog, measuring about 125 cm in length and 74 cm in height, attacked a man and two police officers Jan. 10 in Inazawa, Aichi Prefecture, after a nearby resident called the police saying it had killed her dog.

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