Name boards of 2 unmanned stations in Hokkaido stolen
Jiji -- Sep 15
The name boards of two unmanned stations in Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, that are popular among railway enthusiasts as secluded stations, have been stolen.

The host town of Horonobe in northern Hokkaido has used the two stations--Onoppunai and Toikanbetsu on the Soya Line of Hokkaido Railway Co., or JR Hokkaido--for regional revitalization.

"It's a shame since the station signs are precious and valuable," a town official said, urging the culprit to return them "even if in secret."

JR Hokkaido has reported the theft to the prefectural police.

The station signs, which are 20 centimeters wide and one meter long, were secured to utility poles on the platforms of the stations with screws, according to the police.

News source: Jiji
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