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Last Updated: Tuesday June 03 2008 11:16 GMT

In pictures: Station master cat

This cat called Tama has been credited with helping to save a railway station in Japan.

This former stray cat called Tama has been credited with helping to save a railway station in Japan.

Not many people were using the station in Kinokawa in western Japan but since the tabby  became the station mascot many more people have been using it.

Not many people were using the station in Kinokawa in western Japan but since the kitty became the station mascot many more people have been using it.

Tama was born at the station. In Japan cats are thought to be good luck.

Tama was born at the station. In Japan cats are thought to be good luck.

Lots of people come to the station just to visit Tama.

Lots of people come to the station just to visit Tama.

People take pictures of the nine-year-old moggy and she looks like she enjoys the attention.

People take pictures of the nine-year-old moggy and she looks like she enjoys the attention.

When she's not 'helping' to run the station, Tama likes relaxing on her blanket.

When she's not 'helping' to run the station, Tama likes relaxing on her blanket.