Monday, January 5, 2009

Super Station Manager Saves the Day

Now that the newly elected right wing NZ government is suggesting the Kiwirail "train set" should be shipped off to the op shop, perhaps the cats of our nation can come to the rescue of the endangered railway system.

The Tabby recently took note of the remarkable good deeds of Japan's Tama the "Super Station Manager" via a BBC report:
A loss-making Japanese railway company is back on track thanks to the popularity of a stray cat. Wearing a black cap and posing for photos with passengers, Tama is credited with boosting Wakayama Electric Railway's revenue by 10%.

The firm had to axe all staff at Kishi station in western Japan two years ago.

But Tama stuck by her post and was rewarded with promotion to station manager. The pet mascot even has her own office, a former ticket booth. The feline, who was born and raised at the station in the city of Kinokawa, Wakayama prefecture, is living proof of the Japanese belief that cats are good luck.

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