The Future of Japan: The Island Where Cats Outnumber People

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– 3 March 2015 –

Janus:

Janus-smallFrom the Telegraph:

An army of feral cats rules a 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…

…More than 120 cats swarm the island with only a handful of humans for company, mostly pensioners who did not join the waves of migrants seeking work in the cities after World War Two.

Aoshima, a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture, had been home to 900 people in 1945. The only sign of human activity now is the boatload of day-trippers from the mainland, visiting what is locally known as Cat Island.

With abysmally low birthrates, this could be all of Japan in another 30 years.  If current trends continue, a plague of cats would be one of the better possible outcomes.

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  1. Well, being overrun by cats is probably better than being overrun by muslims.

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