Importing Dogs to Japan

Every now and again someone asks me how to bring their dog into Japan. Here's the process...

First steps for bringing a dog into Japan:
1.Microchip (ISO)
2.Rabies vaccination #1
3.Within the valid vaccination of rabies vaccination #1, but at least 30 days afterward, rabies vaccination #2
4.Rabies anti-body test at a 'listed' laboratory
5.If the necessary anti-body threshold is cleared, the dog can enter Japan 180 days after the blood sample was taken.
6.File an import application with Animal Quarantine Japan at least 40days before the dog's arrival in Japan 

Here is a link to the official information

So hopefully I'll see some of you with your dogs here in Japan for the NIPPO Grand National???
Don't bother sending me chocolate for Valentine's Day, just come to the Grand National.

Good friend and handling mentor with his male 'Kiku' at the last national, taking first place in the Wakainu 1 male class.