Tama is mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at her funeral. In a portrait decorating the altar, Tama poses in a stationmaster’s hat and a dark blue cape. Sake, as well as watermelon, apples, cabbage and other fruits and vegetables are presented to the cat. Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanks the cat for her achievement:
Tama-chan really emerged like a savior, a goddess. It was truly my honor to have been able to work with her.
China shows says it is upset about Japan’s decision to host Lee, an opponent of the integration of Taiwan with the mainland. Spokesperson:
We urge the Japanese side to abide by the principles enshrined in the four political documents signed by China and Japan, including the China-Japan Joint Statement, and fulfill its solemn commitments to China. We strongly oppose any country providing a stage for ‘Taiwan independence’ activities and take strong umbrage at Japan allowing Lee to visit. Lee’s contemptible acts have made compatriots from both sides see more clearly the extreme harms ‘Taiwan independence’ forces do to the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and the integral benefit of the Chinese nation, and will surely be scorned by compatriots from both sides.