What is this?

WhiteGiant

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And the answer is...

tanuki, or arai-kuma
(the sign below refers to animals in general)
Tanuki (raccoon dog) and araiguma (raccoon) are unrelated species, though they look similar. The latter is a US import in Japan. This sign is more likely to be about the former.
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It's called a tanuki, also known as a "Japanese raccoon dog"