Tourists take pictures of cats on Ainoshima Island in Fukuoka Prefecture, known as “Cat Heaven Island”. Photos: Kyodo

How Japan’s Cat Heaven Island became a tourism magnet, and what locals think about it

A tiny island off Fukuoka has seen a surge in domestic and foreign tourists drawn by its population of stray cats. While it has boosted the economy, some islanders fret about the visitors’ behaviour and the loss of tranquillity

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Tourists take pictures of cats on Ainoshima Island in Fukuoka Prefecture, known as “Cat Heaven Island”. Photos: Kyodo
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