Popular Shiba Inu dog that manned sweet potato stand in Japan dies

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Ken, a Shiba Inu that manned a roast sweet potato stand in Sapporo, on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, has passed away on June 6. — Photo via Twitter/ @mopi_no_suke
Ken, a Shiba Inu that manned a roast sweet potato stand in Sapporo, on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, has passed away on June 6. — Photo via Twitter/ @mopi_no_suke

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — Ken, a Shiba Inu that manned a roast sweet potato stand in Sapporo, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, passed away on June 6.

News of Ken’s passing was shared on Twitter.

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Its Instagram page on May 31 announced that the canine was not feeling well.

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In an update on June 5, the six-year-old canine was said to have returned to its house before passing away the next day at 12.50pm.

According to its website, Ken had been “working” at Inu no Yakiimoyasan, the sweet potato stand, since he was two years old.

It became a popular fixture at the stand and has been visited by tourists and Lonely Planet.

Besides standing in the booth, Ken also greets patrons warmly at all seasons.

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