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OSAKA - A regional airport serving popular tourist spots in western Japan, including Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, is set to become the first airport in Japan equipped with toilets for exclusive use by dogs later this week.

Osaka airport decided to introduce the facility after receiving requests for it, not only from passengers traveling with their pet dogs but also from airline officials reporting occasional toileting accidents involving dogs onboard their aircraft, according to its operator, Kansai Airports.

The airport straddling Osaka and Hyogo prefectures will introduce the outdoor canine bathroom on Thursday for daily use from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

"We hope (the introduction) will lead to stress reduction by allowing dogs, along with their owners, to go to the toilet before boarding," said Kansai Airports, which also runs Kansai International Airport and Kobe Airport, in a statement on Monday.