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Japan island overrun by cats

11:18am IST - 01:15

Cats outnumber humans on remote Japanese island. Chris Meyers reports.

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This is Aoshima island, a tiny fishing village off Japan's coast. Only 22 people live here officially. But it's also home to more than 120 cats. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 65-YEAR-OLD LOCAL FISHERMAN, HIDENORI KAMIMOTO, SAYING: "Even before it entered into the Heisei era (27 years ago), the population had already fallen below 100. So after that it slowly became just an island of the elderly and cats." The remote island has no stores, no hotels. A ferry that runs twice a day is the only connection to the mainland. And the only way for cat-loving tourists to make their way to the island. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 27-YEAR-OLD VISITOR, MAKIKO YAMASAKI, SAYING: "I came here looking to relax. And as for how is it? Well there is a ton of cats here, then there was this sort of cat witch who came out to feed the cats which was quite fun. So I'd want to come again." The felines were first brought here to deal with mice that plagued the fishing boats. They've since multiplied, and swarms of cats now roam the island. And even with the tourists, the human population is a minority on Cat Island.

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Japan island overrun by cats

11:18am IST - 01:15