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Thieves take memorabilia from unstaffed railway stations in Hokkaido

The Japan Times

ASAHIKAWA, HOKKAIDO – Hokkaido Railway Co. has reported the theft of station name plates and fare tables from unstaffed stations on a stretch of line slated for closure this year. The 16.7-kilometer route is part of the Rumoi Main Line, which will be shortened as a result of the closure. The company said Wednesday eight plates bearing the station names in hiragana have been stolen from four stations: Mashike and Shaguma stations in the town of Mashike, and Reuke and Segoshi stations in Rumoi. "Holiday season is just around the corner, and many visitors from across the country will be disappointed," said Station Master Toshimichi Ono of Rumoi Station. "We hope whoever is stealing the plates will cease."

Scottish railway station is least used in Britain

BBC News

A railway station in Angus is the least used in Great Britain, new figures have revealed.

Chinese Convenience Stores to Usher in Golden Era With AI, Report Says


With artificial intelligence applications in the retail industry, China's convenience stores have great market potential and will usher in a golden era, per a report the China General Chamber of Commerce released today.

Gov.'s Husband Sending Trump Bill for Cleaning Bathrooms

U.S. News

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says her husband is sending President Donald Trump a $28 bill after he cleaned garbage-filled bathrooms while visiting a sno-park on Mount Hood that was unstaffed because of the partial government shutdown.

Alibaba Launches Low-Cost Voice Assistant Amid AI Drive

U.S. News

It recently began rolling out unstaffed brick-and-motor grocery and coffee shops, using QR codes that users can scan to complete payment on its Alipay app, which has over 450 million users. Amazon launched a similar concept of stores in December.