Beloved Cat Who Worked As StationMaster for Eight Years In Japan Passed Away

A cat named Tama is a stationmaster at a railway station in Japan.  Her primary duty is to greet passengers, a job which pays her in cat food.  During her tenure ridership has increased 10%, leading her to be promoted to super-station master in 2008.

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Tama was appointed stationmaster at the Kishi Railway Station in Japan in 2007. Wearing her custom-made stationmaster’s cap, Tama quietly sat at the ticket gate welcoming and seeing off passengers. She quickly attracted tourists and became world-famous, contributing to the railway company and local economy.

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Due to heart failure and after eight years of working as stationmaster, Tama died on Sunday, June 28. She was 16 years old.

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Before Tama’s arrival, the local Kishigawa Line was near-bankrupt; and the station was unmanned as it had lost its last staff.

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During the ceremony, officials thanked tama for saving the station by attracting tourists from around the world.

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“She was affectionate with people and hard-working,” one local resident said.

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Another cat, called Nitama, has since become an apprentice station master.

 

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