'Stationmaster' Puts $10M in Town's Kitty

Japanese hamlet cashes in on calico's popularity
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2008 3:14 PM CDT
A Japanese rail line, under construction.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Japanese hamlet of Kishikawa has hopped aboard the Tama express, CNN reports, with the local economy getting a $10 million boost as the calico-turned-hat-wearing-stationmaster gains popularity within and beyond the nation’s borders. Folks flock to the town for a break from city life, taking pictures with the feline and buying "Super Stationmaster" merchandise. And the rail line that serves the town, once in trouble, is now healthy.