This cat is the station master at Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. In lieu of a salary, the railway provides Tama with free cat food. Of course there’s the hat as well. Passenger numbers are actually up for the station.
In January 2008, Tama was promoted to “super station master” in a ceremony attended by the president of the company and the mayor; as a result of her promotion, she is “the only female in a managerial position” in the company.
Ya gotta love the Japanese.