For eight years, Tama the cat saved a train station as the official station master. As a result of Tama’s presence, tourists came to take pictures and buy souvenirs, thereby saving the train station from financial ruin.
After Tama passed away, the train station observed the traditional 50-day mourning period before announcing a new station master named Nitama. The railway’s president Mitsunobu Kojima said Nitama successfully graduated from the “Training school for Cat Stationmaster.”
One requirement for the role was the ability to “feel comfortable with people at the workplace” and a willingness to wear a hat.
“The reason I appointed Nitama as a successor to Tama is that she had teaching experiences from Tama directly,” said Kojima. “Tama was very mild and she seldom got angry, though she was strict with her subordinate Nitama.”