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2006-01-06 03:30:00

TOKYO -- Japan was bracing for more snow on Friday after some of the heaviest snowfall on record that has left 53 people dead and paralyzed transport. Almost 13 ft of snow has piled up in the worst-hit areas of Niigata near the Japan Sea coast, though the snowiest season of the year is yet to come. Television pictures showed drifts burying the ground floors of houses and almost covering street lamps. A 93-year-old woman and her daughter were crushed to death in Ishikawa Prefecture, 186 miles...

2005-12-24 23:59:57

TOKYO (Reuters) - Heavy snowfall throughout Japan killed five people, disrupted holiday traffic and left thousands of residents without electricity. In the western prefecture of Fukui, where snow has piled up to more than 200 cm (78 inches) in some areas, a factory building collapsed, killing a 72-year-old man, police said. Those who died were mostly the elderly, including a 78-year-old man who fell from a ladder while trying to remove snow from the roof of his home in northern Akita...