Police Cat on Duty in Japan

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The cute cat in uniform is Iemon (pronounced ee-eh-mon). He works for a police station in Kyoto (Japan).

According to Mainichi newspaper, Kayo, the wife of Tatsumi Yamada, a police sergeant, found Iemona few years ago, when he was a homeless kitten. She raised him and he turned into a healthy and friendly cat.

The desk in the small police station became his favourite spot and he made many friends among the local people who visited the place.

There are many elderly people in that neighbourhood (over 30%). Common problems among them are the fraudulent phone calls they receive to lure them into making bank transfers to scammers. Dealing with those calls was the job of sergeant Yamada.

He came up with the idea to get Iemon involved in his investigations. His wife made the cat’s uniform and hat. Whenever Yamada is called to investigate a suspicious call, he takes with him Iemon. He says that when the cat is with him, the elderly people tend to listen to his advice more carefully and are more eager to discuss their problems with him. Iemon is also very popular with children.

Only in Japan…

(h/t Toshie)

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4 Comments

  1. marit says:

    The cat is so cute!

    1. admiwrath says:

      I totally agree!

  2. SM ISAC says:

    Wise and kind looking cat. Nice uniform, too.

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