Tokyo struggles with heavy snowfall

Tokyo struggles with heavy snowfall
15 Jan 2013

Heavy snow that blanketed eastern Japan over the holiday weekend left one man dead and 900 others injured, as Tokyo commuters took to the slippery streets on Tuesday.

A low-pressure system, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” by local press, dumped 8cm of snow in nine hours, the heaviest snowfall in the region since January 2006, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It left 13cm of snow in neighbouring Yokohama, while mountainous areas around Tokyo saw up to 30cm.

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Japan: Unusually Cold weather delays blooming of early cherry blossoms

Cold weather delays blooming of early cherry blossoms
09 March 2012

…This year, however, winter’s unusually cold weather has pushed back the blooming of the Kawazu cherry blossoms by about three weeks compared to the average year…

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Dozens killed as icy weather grips Japan

Dozens killed as icy weather grips Japan
February 2, 2012

Heavy snow that has blanketed northern Japan for weeks, triggering avalanches and affecting transport networks, has left at least 55 people dead.

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Japan: Record snowfall disrupts railway and highway travel, halting factories at Toyota Motor Corp. and other manufacturers

Snow snarls but looks to abate
Jan. 18, 2011

…Snowfall was seen in central Japan as well, forcing Toyota Motor Corp. to idle factories.

In the Chugoku region in the west and on the Sea of Japan coast Monday morning, snow piled as high as 195 cm in Kitahiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, 137 cm in Maniwa, Okayama Prefecture, 91 cm in Onan, Shimane Prefecture, and 253 cm in Daisen in neighboring Tottori Prefecture — all record highs in western Japan, the weather agency said…

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Winter officially on its way as chilly winds blast Tokyo

Winter officially on its way as chilly winds blast Tokyo
October 27, 2010

The Tokyo region was hit with its official first blast of winter wind on the night of Oct. 26, the Meteorological Agency announced Oct. 27 — seven days earlier than in 2009.