Railworkers Mourn ‘Stationmaster’ Cat’s Death

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Tokyo: A cat appointed stationmaster of a struggling Japanese railway has been mourned by railworkers at its funeral and elevated the status if ‘honourable eternal stationmaster’.cat1

Tama, who died of heart failure earlier this month, was well-known among staff and visitors at the Kishi station in western Japan. Tama’s death was marked in a Shinto-style funeral on Sunday.

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The calico cat joined the staff of the local Kishigawa railway line in 2007 when she was appointed stationmaster and given a custom-made stationmaster’s cap and a jacket.

Her fame brought in large numbers of tourists to the station, giving a boost to the the Kishigawa railway line which had been close to bankruptcy, as well as the local economy.

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