Are pet owners in Japan responsible for damage caused by their pets?

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Owning a pet in Japan requires the owner to exercise good care and judgment in caring for the pet.  The owner of a pet in Japan is generally liable for the damages caused by the animal, including medical bills or property damage, although there are exceptions.

Furthermore, a person who cares for the pet on the owner’s behalf will face the same liability as the owner would. However, if the owner manages the animal with reasonable car according to the type and nature of the animal, this liability will not apply.

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