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Japan's big brands go cat crazy for Neko No Hi

National Feb 22, 2018

Japan's big brands go cat crazy for Neko No Hi

by Chisato Tanaka

On Feb. 22, which is Neko No Hi (Cat Day) in Japan, some major Japanese companies have entered into the spirit of the celebration and surprised the public by changing their corporate names to capture the heart of cat-loving potential customers (presumably just for ...

Railway names Tama the cat's replacement as stationmaster

National Aug 11, 2015

Railway names Tama the cat's replacement as stationmaster

Wakayama Electric Railway Co., which recently mourned the death of its popular feline "stationmaster," has appointed another cat as her successor, hoping the tradition will continue to attract passengers. The railway, which credited Tama with rescuing it from financial difficulties, issued a letter of appointment ...

National Jun 28, 2015

Stationmaster cat Tama mourned, turned into goddess in Wakayama

Tama the stationmaster, the feline star of a struggling Japanese railway, has been mourned by railway officials and fans and elevated to a goddess at a funeral. The calico cat was appointed stationmaster of Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture in 2007. In her custom-made cap ...

Wakayama's popular 'stationmaster' cat Tama, 16, dies

National Jun 25, 2015

Wakayama's popular 'stationmaster' cat Tama, 16, dies

Tama, a cat "stationmaster" of a railway station in Wakayama Prefecture whose immense popularity helped boost the railway's revenues and the local sightseeing industry, died Monday at a local animal hospital aged 16 years and two months, the equivalent of about 80 years in ...

Cat cafes are catching on in Britain

National Feb 25, 2015

Cat cafes are catching on in Britain

by Rhyannon Bartlett-Imadegawa

Inspired by similar establishments in Japan but with an added English flair, London's first cat cafe is doing a roaring trade providing traditional afternoon tea in feline company. Since opening last March, the cafe has been fully booked almost every day, and similar independent businesses ...

Teen who gained fame over laser cat portrait commits suicide

World Feb 23, 2015

Teen who gained fame over laser cat portrait commits suicide

An upstate New York teen — who had a burst of fame last fall over his senior portrait depicting him, his cat and lasers — has died. Draven Rodriguez's parents tell the Times-Union of Albany that their son committed suicide Thursday at their Schenectady (skeh-NEHK'-ta-dee) ...