10 Million Dollar Cat
A cat boosts a small Japanese town's local economy by 10 million dollars through increased tourism.
Japan fights economic crisis with real-life LOL cat. "Super Stationmaster" Tama keeps making money for a small rural town in Japan.
Tama (born April 29, 1999) is a calico cat who is the station master and operating officer at Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama, Japan.
As station master her primary duty is to greet passengers.
The position comes with a stationmaster's hat; in lieu of a salary, the railway provides Tama with free cat food.
A study has estimated that the publicity surrounding Tama has contributed 1.1 billion Yen to the local economy.
In January 2008, Tama was promoted to "super station master" in a ceremony attended by the president of the company and the mayor.
Her new position has an 'office' - a converted ticket booth containing a litter box.
In January 2010, railway officials promoted Tama to the post of "Operating Officer" in recognition of her contribution to expanding the customer base.
Tama is the first cat to become an executive of a railroad corporation
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