Nitama the Cat Replaces is New Station Master at Kishi Station

Nitama a.k.a. Tama II is Tama’s new successor.  Tama, who presided over Japan’s Kishi station for eight years, passed away at the age of 16 this past June. Tama was credited for saving the Wakayama Electric Company from financial ruin. After a period of mourning, the time had come for the railway’s president Mitsunobu Kojima to announce her successor.

Nitama learned from Tama and was the receptionist with the Okayama Electric Tramway and filled in for Tama at Kishi Station.  A calico, just like Tama, graduated from the “Training school for Cat Stationmaster.”  According to Kojima,  “the main requirements for the role are the ability to “feel comfortable with people at the workplace” and a willingness to wear a hat.”

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Photo: Simon Wong Twitter

We think Tama looks cute in the hat! Welcome to Tama!