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."