Without question, Japan is a country that truly knows the value of cats! Last week, Hello Kitty was named Japan’s tourism ambassador, and now we learn that last year, a Japanese train company appointed a tabby cat named Tama to the position of super station master at the Kishi station in Western Japan.
The Kishikawa line had been losing around $4.9 million a year as passenger numbers declined. Since Tama’s appointment, however, the number of train riders has steadily climbed back up and people are flocking to the Kishi station to see Tama and have their picture taken with her.
All of this makes perfect sense, since in Japan, cats are considered to be good luck and beneficial to business. Nice work, Tama, and may you be rewarded with all the sushi you can eat!