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In a rare move, Japan has eased its restrictions on bringing pets from abroad for evacuees fleeing war-torn Ukraine, allowing pet owners to take home their four-legged friends, also deemed victims of war, almost right after arrival in Japan.

On Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced that the quarantine period for dogs and cats accompanying evacuees from Ukraine has been be significantly shortened as long as the owners take all required measures against rabies.

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