[Tatsuo Kimura's notes from Susan Hourser's article]
SHIBA REVIEW, pp. 22-26, SUMMER 1997, HOFLIN PUBLISHING, INC.,
WHEAT RIDGE, COLORADO.
INTERVIEW WITH TERUKUNI UKI OF NIPPO
By SUSAN HOUSER
Silver Spring, MD
Nippo is a cultural organization recognized by theJapanese government.
Deals only with native Japanese breeds.
Under Educational & Cultural Ministry.
All breed JKC is under the Ministry of Agriculture.
Nippo and JKC goals are very different .
Nippo wants to preserve native dog breeds as they evolved before Japan became open to the outside world in the Mid 1800s. Historical pictures and writings, temperament and hunting abilities of dogs are considered.
Nippo Shiba breeders look upon their dogs as works of art that are uniquely Japanese. JKC breeders, with their emphasis on the practical, rather than on the artistic and cultural, breed for more generic, international look that will win in JKC's all breed shows.
However, Nippo and JKC have better relationship now than in the past.
Nippo does not allow anyone in the governing body to engage in any dog related money making activities.
Nippo advises working with a mentor. Working with a mentor helps smooth the ups and downs experienced by a new breeder.
They work in groups.
Mentor should have a good track record, be a communicator and be able to lead.
Nippo is against artificial insemination.
Nippo's goal is to preserve Japanese dogs as a natural monument.
ukinippo.aim Edited 7/29/2002
(Mr. Uki is the chairman of Nippo.)