Japan’s Famous Trainmaster Cat Dies

Tama, a cat who was a stationmaster at a train station in Japan, has died.
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Tama, who was credited with helping to save Japan's Kishi train station, has died at the age of 16.

Tama, the cat in Japan credited with saving a Kishi train station from financial ruin, died Monday from acute heart failure. Tourists would come to the station to see her hanging out in her office — a converted ticket booth — wearing a railway hat and collar, and she had a noticeable impact. "The number of passengers on the line jumped to 2.27 million in fiscal 2014 from 1.92 million in fiscal 2005," the Kyodo News reported. "Photos of Tama and other merchandise also sold well, leading to her appointment to acting president of Wakayama Electric Railway in January 2013." A memorial service is set for Sunday. — Read it at NPR

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