Cat stationmaster Tama

cat stationmaster appointed at Japanese train station

Tama was born in Kinokawa, Wakayama that used to live close to Kishi Station.Toshiko Koyama, the informal station manager at the time and Passengers regularly fed the cat.

Because of financial problems the station was almost shut down in 2004.At that time Koyama adopted Tama.

Then later decision of station shut-down was withdrawn. Koyama was officially chosen as the station manager.

 Then railway officials decided to officially name Tama the station master.
As station master, her primary duty was to greet passengers.

Tama, who had turned 16 in April, died of a heart failure on June 22 /2015.Now the station has found her replacement, Nitama.