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Doraemon becomes official resident of Kawasaki a century before his birth

People's Daily Online)  15:39, September 04, 2012

Photo taken on Sept. 3, 2012 shows fans of "Doraemon" display the robotic cat's special residency certificate issued Monday by the city of Kawasaki, exactly a century before its predetermined "birth." The city is home to the popular Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, named after the man who created the popular cartoon series. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

Edited and Translated by Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online

Doraemon, Japan's robotic cat from the future, celebrated turning minus 100 years old by being granted official residence in the city where he will be "born" in the 22nd century.

The time-traveling blue feline, whose cartoon exploits have captivated children across Asia, on Monday was awarded a residency certificate in Kawasaki exactly a century before his predetermined "birth."

Kawasaki is home to the popular Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, named after the character's creator, which displays all things Doraemon and plans to issue copies of the residency certificate to visitors.

In the classic manga series, Doraemon is sent back in time from the 22nd century by a young boy who wants to alter his family's traditional 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 cartoon series also has a large following throughout Asia.

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