Rescue mission saves scaredy-cat stuck at 15 meters
A tabby cat is rescued from a highway column on Jan. 21 in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture. (Haruhiko Yoshimura)
IKEDA, Osaka Prefecture--Did curiosity almost kill the cat?
Love rules as new feline 'stationmaster' in Fukushima
Love, left, has taken over from the elderly Bus as “honorary stationmaster” at Aizu Railway Co.'s Ashinomaki Onsen Station in Aizu-Wakamatstu, Fukushima Prefecture. (Takuya Ikeda)
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--A young male cat named Love has taken the oath of office as “honorary stationmaster” at the train stop here.
Pet cats purr again upon return after long post-3/11 separation...
Mai Suzuki and her cat So in their home in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture (Provided by Mai Suzuki)
KESENNUMA, Miyagi Prefecture--A family whose house was washed away in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami has finally been reunited with its two surviving cats after...
Hachiko no longer alone, but crowd-getter also draws criticism
A cat nestles with Hachiko outside Tokyo's JR Shibuya Station in October. (Kenji Tsuji)
Hachiko, the faithful Akita dog immortalized in a bronze statue in front of Tokyo's JR Shibuya Station, now has a companion: a live cat.
Neighbor's 'courier cat' delights centenarian in Kumamoto
Namie Takagi strokes "carrier cat" Charcha at her home in Tamana, Kumamoto Prefecture. (Shinichi Murakami)
TAMANA, Kumamoto Prefecture--One day a cat turned up at centenarian Namie Takagi's home that she had never seen before.
Pet food makers develop products to assist lives of elderly dogs,...
Unicharm Corp. sells food for “super-elderly” cats age 18 years old or older. The phosphorus content has been reduced in consideration of their kidney health. (Tomoyuki Izawa)
Pet food manufacturers have expanded their lines of dog and cat foods for older animals to boost their health and eliminate the problem of stinky canines and felines.
Yamaguchi feline ready to toast whenever a glass is raised
Minya drinks water out of a champagne glass while standing on her hind legs in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on July 3. (Minoru Ito)
SHUNAN, Yamaguchi Prefecture--Locals here are giving a hearty "kanpai" (toast) to Minya, a charming feline who has become the toast of the town for drinking out of a champagne...
Paws for thought: Customers around world crave homemaker’s...
A cat shirt Hiroko created for her second son (Provided by Hiroko)
KASHIHARA, Nara Prefecture--One by one, Hiroko sent “not for sale” notices in response to the dozens of e-mails that appeared in her inbox every day.
Cat stationmaster turns sweet 16
Tama, stationmaster at Kishi Station on Wakayama Electric Railway Co.'s Kishigawa Line in Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture, receives a cake for her 16th birthday on April 29. (Bunna Takizawa)
KINOKAWA, Wakayama Prefecture--Feline stationmaster Tama celebrated her 16th birthday at Kishi Station surrounded by about 300 fans from across the country and abroad.
Kyushu cat walker wants felines on equal footing with dogs in...
Masahiko Suga takes his cats for a walk in Kita-Kyushu's Kokura-Kita Ward. (Yuki Edamatsu)
KITA-KYUSHU, Fukuoka Prefecture--Devoted cat lover Masahiko Suga often wondered why pet owners do not take their felines out for daily walks as they do with their dogs.
Cat mascot helps drive out bad luck at every step in Miyawaka
An “Oidashi-neko” monument in Miyawaka, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Aug. 21. The front side is believed to drive out misfortune. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MIYAWAKA, Fukuoka Prefecture--On almost every corner of this city, one can find a broom-toting cat traditionally believed by locals to ward off misfortune and bring good luck.
Police: Man admits to being serial cat killer in Tokyo
A sign tells visitors to clean up after their pets at a site where many cats were found dead in the Kamata district of Tokyo’s Ota Ward on Aug. 25. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
A computer programmer has admitted to killing dozens of cats in Tokyo’s Ota Ward, saying he had become enraged by all the strays that had gathered in the neighborhood, police ...
Two cats that have got it made, even if it means they have to swim
Chii and Dorami on a fish farm off Kasadoshima island in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Sept. 13. (Masamitsu Oku)
KUDAMATSU, Yamaguchi Prefecture--Living on a fish farm would have to be every cat's dream, except for the water part.
Researchers track down the 'smell of fear'
A mouse genetically modified not to fear a cat (Photo provided by Ko Kobayakawa)
As soon as the cotton wool is placed in the glass case, the mouse curls up into a ball and remains totally still, as if frozen. Within just one or two minutes, the rodent’s...
Crime-busting cat becomes top tourist attraction on Enoshima
Gray is the center of attention while catnapping on Enoshima. (Ryosuke Yamamoto)
FUJISAWA, Kanagawa Prefecture--A stray called Gray is now arguably the most famous cat in Japan after media coverage of its unwitting role in the arrest of an odious cat-loving ...
EDITORIAL: Police need to reboot their cybercrime approach
A cat sits in the Enoshima district of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Jan. 10. A collar to which a memory card was attached was put on this cat. (Masaki Karaya)
Japan's police force needs to raise its game in confronting cybercrime.
Japanese woman opens first "cat cafe" in Vienna
A customer at Vienna's first "cat cafe" on May 4 (Toru Tamagawa)
VIENNA--The “cat cafe,” a popular type of shop in Japan that allows customers to enjoy beverages while playing with cats, has opened in Vienna for the first time.
Navel gazing could confuse this special cat
Yachiyo Sone, a homemaker in Sakado, Saitama Prefecture, shows off her unusual cat, Nyako.  (Provided by Yachiyo Sone)
SAKADO, Saitama Prefecture--Roll this eight-month-old cat over and take a look.
Cats have the last laugh at this exhibition
A work by Utagawa Kunisada featuring a woman with her cat (Provided by Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation)
According to folklore, the cat was omitted from the Chinese zodiac because it was duped by the rat into believing that New Year's Day was a day later, and thus it failed to...
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