Wasao, an Akita, became the stationmaster of Ajigasawa Station on Ajigasawa Aomori’s JR Gono Line. He is in charge of advertising the city’s tourism from this year to March 2020. A ceremony to issue the letter of appointment was held on April 6, 2019 with the presence of Ajigasawa Mayor Mamoru Hirata.

Wasao became famous after he starred in his own film that has almost the same plot as Hachikō. His partner Tsubaki, the deputy station master, and his daughter Chome, the head of the sales section, will be joining him. They are known as the Wasao family. The representative of the railway stated that the Wasao family makes everyone smile and the officials wanted them to do their best to promote tourism. According to the city’s tourism association, around 120,000 people visit the city each year and Wasao would be a great help to welcome them.