Robot cat Doraemon gets Japan residence

2012-08-24 09:28
Doraemon, a robot cat from the future, has been given official residence in Japan. (Itsuo Inouye, AP)

Doraemon, a robot cat from the future, has been given official residence in Japan. (Itsuo Inouye, AP)

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Tokyo - Doraemon, Japan's robot cat from the future, will celebrate turning minus 100 years old by being given official residence of the city where he will be born, a city official said on Friday.

The electronic blue feline, whose cartoon exploits have captivated children across Asia, is to be given a residency certificate for Kawasaki, a city near Tokyo, on 3 September, exactly a century ahead of his supposed birth.

The city, in which the character's creator lived, is also home to a popular museum of all things Doraemon and plans to issue copies of the time-travelling robot cat's residency certificate to fans and visitors.

"Doraemon was created and born in Kawasaki city. In that sense, he has always been a city resident," Mayor Takao Abe told reporters, according to the online edition of the local Kanagawa Shimbun newspaper.

"I hope [the residency certificate] will bring the museum closer to many people," he said.

The certificate will give Doraemon's birthday as 3 September 2112, as well as listing his likes - pastries - and his dislikes - mice.

Doraemon was sent back in time from the 22nd century by a young boy who wanted to alter his family's historical misfortune.

His magic pocket provides an endless supply of fantastical gadgets that help his young friend Nobita Nobi navigate the trials of everyday life.

The character first appeared in manga strips in 1969, making the transition to small and big screen over the following decades.

Doraemon remains enormously popular in Japan, serving as an instantly recognisable cultural reference across generations.

The cartoon series also has a large following in the rest of Asia, including in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea.

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