Japanese Railway Turns To Feline ‘Stationmaster’ For Help

Tama is the stationmaster of Kishi station in Kinokawa in western Japan. She also happens to be a cat.

The tortoiseshell coloured feline, born and raised at Kishi Station on the provincial Kishigawa Line, wears a formal uniform cap of Wakayama Electric Railway and calmly watches passing passengers who greet her.

There are 10 train stations on the 14.3-kilometre (8.9-mile) line.

“Tama is the only stationmaster as we have to reduce personnel costs. You say you could ask for the cat’s help, but she is actually bringing luck to us,” Wakayama Electric spokeswoman Keiko Yamaki said.

The company feeds her in lieu of salary.

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