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A bronze statue commemorating Akita dog Wasao, whose distinctive looks garnered nationwide popularity, was unveiled Monday at a ceremony in Ajigasawa, Aomori Prefecture.

The statue of Wasao, a big white furry canine with a squinty-eyed face who earned the nickname “busa-kawaii” (ugly-cute), was funded by donations and set up in a roadside rest area in a town in Aomori Prefecture. Wasao died last year.

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