Japan: Police Cat Rats Out Criminals

In Kyoto, Japan, the long arm of the law ends in a paw! Meet Iemon Ee-eh-mon, Japans first police cat, an abandoned stray who unofficially joined the force at the tender age of two weeks.

He now spends much of his time atop the service counter at Yoro Station, adding a kinder, gentler, dare we say “human” touch to the local cop shop.

Police work is serious business, of course, and Iemon wont be riding shotgun on any neighborhood curfew sweeps or sensitive stakeouts. Not that theres much call for  such things: approximately 30% of the local households consist of elderly residents over the age of 65. Life moves at a slower pace and residents have little need to adjust their pacemakers.

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