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In Japan, most local governments have offocial mascot charactor such as KUMAMON, the popular black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture.

And most local governments license copyright and trademark rights of the official mascots to private companies.

HIKO-NYAN is the famous mascot character in Hikone city, Shiga prefecture.

Hikone city changed the design manual defining the scope that can deform Hiko-nyan.

picture ofhiko-nyan

Cited:http://hikone-hikonyan.jp/