Shoppers cross a street in the Ginza shopping district in central Tokyo on June 26, 2015. Japanese inflation remained tepid while spending rose after 13 months of falls, official data showed on June 26. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
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Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanked the cat for her achievement, and said Tama will be enshrined at a nearby cat shrine next month.Kojima said appointing Tama as stationmaster was initially an excuse to keep the cat at the station.Tama had climbed the corporate ladder from stationmaster to "ultra-stationmaster" and vice president of the company before receiving the additional title Sunday of "honorable eternal stationmaster".
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