Detail: Truth of two loyal tsunami dogs Sendai Japan
Update on (Sun) February 10th 2013.
Posted by Mika (2dogs, tottorimiyagi, mii)
March 11, 2011.
When the tsunami came, the moment the real dog owner Mr. O heard the tsunami warning, he turned his home, and he took his two dogs (Mei and Lee) and took refuge to the fives floor in Elementary School.
Soon after that, his house and his cell phone were washed away by the tsunami.
Dogs owner joined the volunteer fire department, he was told "There is some dog food for a week-10 days in Elementary School.", so he left two dogs in Elementary School, and he went to the work of the Volunteer fire department to help other people.
Until March 12, 2011, two dogs were chained in Elementary School, but it seems that someone lost the chaine...
March 13, 2011, 4-5 pm
Two dogs were filmed by Fuji TV crew.
And Fuji TV reporter Mr. Yamashina and other Fuji TV crew did not rescue two dogs. And they left two dogs behind.
Mr. Yamashina and other TV crew have NOT called a vet or other rescue.
(I heard this information from Mr. Yamashina on the phone, in early October 2011.
Mr. Yamashina is a reporter of Fuji TV.)
(Mon) March 14, 2011, about 7:00 am.
A picture of white dog was taken By Takuya Imai, he is a cameraman of Nikkei news paper, near the place where dogs filmed by Fuji TV.
And these two loyal tsunami dogs became famous all over the world.
So many people were concerned about these two dogs, and posted "help these dogs! Why did not Fuji TV crew rescue these dogs?" everywhere.
(Tue) March 15, 2011, about 1:33 pm.
Kenn Sakurai posted a lie "We already have rescued two dogs" on his facebook page. with Fuji TV movie.
But, there were NO photo of after two dogs were rescued, on his Facebook page.
Many Japanese/overseas blogger posted on their blog "two dogs were rescued by off road bikers! Thank you Mr. Sakurai!" without confirmation of fact.
The rumour spread like wildfire.
(Thu) March 17, 2011.
Fuji TV(Japanese major media) reported false information “Two tsunami dogs were rescued by an animal protection group. White injured dog is receiving a drip infusion treatment.” without confirmation of facts.
There were NO rescued dogs, and were only stray dogs, on Fuji's rescue report.
Dogs owner found Mei(brown tan dog) in elementary school where near the place where dogs filmed by Fuji TV.
But Lee(white dog) was not there.
There after, dogs owner have been looking for Lee frantically.
At that time, dogs owner was not knowing that his dogs were aired on the TV around the world and Sakurai's lies yet.
Intently, Dogs owner has been looking for Lee frantically.
Many people requested on Sakurai's Facebook page to provide some sort of proof of dogs were safe, but Sakurai deleted their posts, and Sakurai quickly blocked them from Sakurai 's page.
Major media reported false information "both dogs were rescued" around the world.
Fuji TV(Japan), CNN, NPR, TYT, CBS, ABC(America), UK telegraph, ITN(England), Apple Daily(Hong Kong), Russian TV, more, major media reported “Two loyal tsunami dogs were rescued. Happy ending!” without confirmation of facts.
But in fact, white setter has been missing since March 14th 2011.
Of course, there were NO film/pictures of after dogs were rescued, on their report.
There were only stray dogs, on their report.
But as of February 10th 2013, major media still have NOT corrected their wrong reports.
So many many people still believe that two loyal tsunami dogs were rescued by bikers who are Sakurai's friends.
Even now(February 10th 2013), Sakurai's lies and major media's wrong report are hindering us from searching for the white dog.
Major media reported false information, and they took part in a scam, and they are hindering us from searching for the white dog, but major media still have NOT corrected their wrong reports.
A man said "Major media make money by publishing stories people want to know. It is not about the truth. Kenn Sakurai rescue was a good story, even if it's a lie."
Do you want FAKE good story?
I NEVER want to know any lies.
I always want to know the TRUTH, whatever good or bad.
I and many Japanese requested Fuji TV to correct their wrong report, but Fuji has never replied us.
Maybe, if Fuji TV report the truth(white dog is still missing), then Fuji TV lose their popularity and Fuji lose the benefit. So Japanese media has not report the truth.
It is mortifying! But we will do all know.
March 19, 2011, morning.
Global Animal interviewed Mr. Sakurai.
The co-founders of GlobalAnimal.org spoke by phone with Mr. Kenn Sakurai.
"He said that he himself did not rescue the dogs, but rather, friends of his who are off-road bikers did.
Mr. Sakurai says he promised the bikers that he wouldn’t reveal the location of the veterinarian because they don’t want animal rescue organizations to take the dogs for their own fundraising purposes."
March 21, 2011.
Kenn Sakurai posted on his FB page.
“We wish to have the more images on those dogs but simply impossible for now. No cell phone reception”
March 22nd, 2011
Life with dogs posted an animal on their site.
"When we were interviewed Friday, it was still believed that the dogs were safe,
but pointed questions directed at Kenn Sakurai were going unanswered, raising suspicions about his fundraising activities on behalf of the dogs."
A Japanese interpreter asked Kenn Sakurai "A Russian TV want to interview about two dogs, so could you tell us where dogs are?" on twitter.
March 28, 2011.
Kenn Sakurai replied that "I promised not to tell. So sorry, I cannot tell you." on twitter.
Kenn Sakurai has been trying to avoid from all interview and a meeting.
Fuji TV, APF News(Japan), CNN(America), Russian TV, Akiko Fujimura(the owner of Nippon SPCA), and I(Mika), Numerous news agencies and others have tried (unsuccessully) to contact Ken Sakurai.
Ken Sakurai has refused to provide any proof, and he refused to see me and Akiko and any other news crew.
April 4, 2011.
Kenn Sakurai started selling the charity T-shut on his facebook page (and butch Japan's facebook page).
But i could not find any photo of Butch T-shut wherever on Internet, and where does the proceeds go?
About the Donations and the T-Shirt matter
May 21, 2011, 7:03 pm(Japan time)
A Japanese person asked Mr. Sakurai on twitter.
"@ButchJapan Mr. Sakurai, excuse me...about Fuji TV dogs, have you seen rescued dogs? Were they really rescued?"
May 22, 2011 12:13 am (Japan time)
Butch Japan answered
"@*********_**** We will never answer about it on Twitter."
May 22, 2011 12:17 am
Besides Butch Japan answered on twitter.
"@*********_**** Here is Butch Japan's corporate site, It is not good to ask personal questions, via not DM.
please contact our president directly. If he is not at office, president will get back to you, but our company has no part in that matter."
Mr. Sakurai asked LIA (Life Investigation Agency, an self‐appointed animal protection group) to delete LIA's blog which written about Sakurai's bikers rescued two dogs by baby sling.
Sakurai claimed that LIA was using two dogs to collect money.
Funny, Mr. Sakurai was using two dogs to collect money.
Mr. Sakurai is obviously a scam.
Sakurai has no rights to say that.
Some Japanese (including me) sent some email and phoned to Fuji TV "Have you seen two dogs? How did you come by that information 'two dogs were rescued'? there is some possibility that Kenn Sakurai is a scam."
But Fuji TV has never replied to us.
About late of July, 2011.
Fuji TV reporter Mr. Yamashina visited dogs owner's house. Mr. Yamashina saw Mei (brown tan dog) and made sure that Mei is the same dog aired on Fuji TV.
Mr. Yamashina told dogs owner "There is a rumor that a dog was rescued by a man who live in Chiba prefecture."
Mr. O and his family said "If that man has Lee (white dog), we want him to return Lee to us."
But as everyone know, Kenn Sakurai is a lair, Sakurai has nothing but his dog (sumile).
August 24, 2011.
I told Mr. Harigaya (he is APF news crew and a member of Farm of Hope[M Farm]) about two tsunami dogs and Sakurai.
As of August 24, 2011, I still not knew that white dog is missing, and I haven't met dogs owner yet.
September 8, 2011.
I phoned the two dogs owner on September 8th 2011, for the first time.
I heard owner's voice, i was moved by the sad voice in which the owner spoke "white dog is still missing".
I repented, I should have noticed Sakurai's lies earlier.
If i/other people noticed his lies earlier, maybe Lee-chan was found long time ago.
I was unable to repress my indignation at Sakurai's lies.
At that time, I had bad back pain since July 2011, so I could not move long range transport, so I asked Mr. Harigaya to visit and interview Mr. O.
September 13, 2011.
I received an email and Mei-chan's photo via cell phone from dogs's owner, it's my treasure.
I have never published this photo yet.
I only showed this photo to Mr. Harigaya and some of my friends.
September 14, 2011.
Mr. Harigaya visited dog owner's house on September 14th 2011, for the first time.
When Akiko Fujimura(the owner of Nippon SPCA) went to the dog owner's house with Mr. Harigaya. Akiko Fujimura met dog owner on September 14th 2011, for the first time, too.
Ms. Fujimura heard information about the real dog owner Mr. O was found, from Mr. Harigaya.
But as of September 14th 2011, Mr. Harigaya not told me about Ms. Fujimura, so I didn't know Ms. Fujimura met Mr. O.
They actually saw brown tan dog.
Thanks to everyone's efforts, thank you 2 channel users, thank you Global Animal and GA readers! Thank you Mr. Harigaya!
If it were not for GA reports and GA reader's comments, and 2 channel user's posts, and Mr. Harigaya's advice, I could not contact the real owner.
About late in September 2011.
Akiko Fujimura sent a FAX to Sakurai.
If it were not for Akiko's action, maybe there was no progress.
I am grateful to Akiko that Akiko sent FAX to Kenn Sakurai.
About early in October 2011.
Akiko then received a response by Kenn’s attorney. Kenn’s attorney outlined he cannot reveal the name of the pet’s owner, cannot agree or disagree, as the microchip information is deemed privileged information. If that was so. Kenn wouldn’t have the information either.
And I heared that Ms. Fujimura contacted dog's owner, from dogs's owner.
Late in October 2011.
Mr. Harigaya said "APF does not have our own TV station, so we told some Japanese TV station about two dogs's story, but they said 'We cannot air that story because that story is sad, and we may cannot get audience measurement. If white dog will be found, may we air that story'."
Fuji TV, CNN, more, reported FAKE good story "both dogs were rescued", but they have NEVER reported true story "white dog has been missing. Their owner looking for white dog frantically".
So i asked dogs's owner "Can i post Mei-chan's photo on my blog?"
November 1, 2011.
Akiko Fujimura published Mei-chan's photos and two dogs's story, via Hachiko Coalition facebook page.
But Ms. Fujimura did not tell me about it, so I was confused.
But, I wanted to tell GA readers and 2channel users about Mei-chan was found by her real owner, and Lee-chan has been missing, their owner has been looking for Lee-chan since a long time ago.
Ms. Fujimura published it and I attained my purpose at least.
I phoned an attorney who is employed by Sakurai, when I referred to Akiko's FAX.
Sakurai's attorney said "We have heard from Mr. Sakurai as a witness what he knows about dog. But we have not seen the dog who was rescued by Mr. Sakurai, and we have not checked the information about microchip with our own eyes."
(Mon)December 26, 2011.
I phoned Butch Japan, when Kenn Sakurai's wife said "Fuji TV dogs's story has no connection with our company (Butch Japan). That was our President's own personal matter." and "Takeshi Sakurai", why does Sakurai use fake name Kenn?
Late in December 2011.
I sent a message Butch Pet Foods in New Zealand at December 2011.
But I have not received a reply from them.
Also, some Japanese people sent Butch NZ a message, but No one received their reply.
I visited Butch Japan office in Chiba-prefecture.
Sakurai's wife said "We do not have to apologize to the Lee-chan's owner." "About that, some people misunderstood and have sent us money as their pleases."
(Sun) July 15, 2012.
We held A protest demonstration against Fuji TV About false report Two Loyal Tsunami Dogs, at Tokyo Teleport Station where near the Fuji TV Headquarters Building in Odaiba Tokyo.
Thank you for your help!
But Fuji TV NEVER corrected their wrong report.
We still continue to send Fuji TV a message.
August 8, 2012
I showed this picture to dog owner.
A dog stay with a house which was collapsed by tsunami (March 14th, 2011. Morning, Arahama) = This picture was taken by Takuya Imai
The owner said "This dog is Lee!"
Certainly Lee (white dog) was still alive until March 14th, 2011, 7:11 am.
But Lee is still missing.
The owner’s house and his cell phone were washed away by the tsunami on March 11th 2011.
So the real owner Mr. O has no photo of Lee (white dog) witch before tsunami, but actually he has been together with his brown tan dog, their family vet in Sendai knew that he is the real owner of Mei & Lee.
And when Mei was a puppy, a man who lives Miyagi prefecture sent Mei to the owner, he said Mr. O is real owner of Mei.
So we can prove all the reliable proof.
Feature of the Lee-chan
Totally white on her body
Her ears are right brown
She has gray spotted around her nose
Then she had silver chains around her neck
Then NOT microchipped
Then not spay
Now, 10 years old
She is friendly
Time: The Last Witness
Monday March 14th 2011 about 7am
By. Takuya Imai he is a cameraman of Nikkei newspaper.
And March 13, 2011 about 5pm
Fuji TV reporter Mr. Yamashina saw these two dogs.
Location: The Last Witness
near the Sendai Municipal Arahama Elementary School, in Arahama, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken, Japan.
Nearby Miyagi Prefectural Road137, Arahama-Haranomachi Line.
I know after the tsunami, PETA Asia, ASPCA, Kinship Circle had been
in Sendai at that time,
but I don’t know other foreign animal rescue team.
If you know, please tell me.
I think that there is some possibility Lee-chan was rescued
by overseas people, and she was adopted to overseas foster
parent or out of Miyagi-prefecture, but those rescuers believed in false report and
they might have not looked for the real owner.