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Mar 4, 2015

The Cat Island Of Japan

The Cat Island Of Japan

If you really, really, REALLY, like cats you might want to consider moving to the island of Aoshima Island in Japan.
An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one.

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A clowder of cats crowd the wharf on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Cats surround people as they get off a boat at the harbour on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Cats beg for food on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata holds a cat on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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An overview shows the main part of the fishing village on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Cats beg for food on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Cats surround a local woman on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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A clowder of cats crowd the harbour embankment on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Cats crowd around village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she carries a bag of cat food on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Cats sit on a wall overlooking the sea on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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A cat carries a fish on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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The print of a cat paw is embedded in concrete on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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A cat walks along a mole in the harbour of Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Cats walk along the embankment as a man fishes on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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A local woman shoos away cats as she leaves her house on Aoshima Island in Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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A cat sits on a wall of a derelict school on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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A cat leaps at the photographer to snatch his lunch snack on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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A cat jumps off a piano in the music room of a derelict school on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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A tree grows around a rusty sledge outside a derelict school on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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A cat struts along an alley on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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A woman is surrounded by cats as she walks along the embankment on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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Cats crowd the harbour on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan THOMAS PETER/REUTERS

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