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Cat stationmaster unveils clock for ‘Railway Day’



Japan marked “Railway Day” on Thursday, the anniversary of the opening of the nation’s first railway on October 14, 1872, between Shimbashi Station in Tokyo and Yokohama.

Wakayama Electric Railway in western Japan arrange a clock with the picture of a cat’s face on a platform on the Kishigawa Line’s Wakayama Station to have fun the event.

A calico cat, Nitama, uncovered the clock within the opening ceremony on Thursday. She has been working as a stationmaster at one other station on the road.

The clock, measuring 70 centimeters in diameter, has black and brown ears and three white whiskers on each side.

Nitama is the second cat to function the stationmaster, after the primary cat, Tama, handed away in 2015.

Officials on the railway firm say Tama has helped to revitalize tourism in Wakayama Prefecture.

The firm plans to introduce sightseeing trains in December to revive tourism because the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

Wakayama Electric Railway President Kojima Mitsunobu mentioned the coronavirus has introduced a way of stagnation to the nation, however he hopes folks will go to the station to see the clock.

The 14-kilometer lengthy Kishigawa Line runs by way of rural areas between Wakayama Station and Kishi Station in neighboring Kinokawa City.