TOTTORI, Japan, July 3, Kyodo
Japan's first toy poodle police dogs have been appointed "sheriffs" of Tottori Prefecture, which local officials have dubbed a "kingdom" of comics.
Tottori Gov. Shinji Hirai gave appointment letters and sheriff badges to Karin and Fuga, 2-year-old female police dogs, telling them during a ceremony Monday, "Destroy evil and preserve security and peace in the Manga Kingdom."
A prefectural official said the local government is considering having the dogs patrol at the venue of an international manga expo to be held in the prefecture beginning in August.
The prefectural government has been promoting itself as "Manga Kingdom Tottori" as it is home to many prominent cartoonists, such as Shigeru Mizuki, author of "Gegege no Kitaro," comics featuring "yokai" monsters, and Gosho Aoyama, creator of the "Detective Conan" series.