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Kishi station in Kinokawa is at the end of the line – the Kishigawa line in Japan. Financial troubles and a lack of passengers almost shut the station down. Then, a whimsical informal station manager made friends with the stray cats in the area. One of them was a friendly little calico named Tama.
In January of 2007, the title of station master was officially conferred on Tama, and she became the first of the feline persuasion to become an executive of a railroad corporation. Tama rocketed the little town of Kinokawa to stardom. Now, Kisha station is a destination for hundreds who want to see the adorable celebrity in her home station, which has been remodeled just for her.