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The prefectural government of Kumamoto has decided to allow Kumamon, its hugely popular black bear mascot that has remained unseen in public settings since massive earthquakes jolted the area, to make a comeback on Thursday at the request of fans and the local sightseeing industry, officials said Wednesday.

Among the first assignments to be given to the mascot to mark its comeback will be visiting shelters to cheer up children, the officials said.

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