Heavy snowfall continues across much of Japan as cold snap takes hold


Heavy snow continued across much of Japan on Wednesday as the country grappled with its worst cold snap of the season so far, with trains and vehicles stranded as winter storms brought difficulties.

Transport was disrupted, with passengers trapped for hours on Tuesday on several trains on the Biwako Line and Kyoto Line due to snow and high winds, operator West Japan Railway said.

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An outdoor thermometer shows a temperature of minus 24 C in the Hokkaido city of Rikubetsu in northern Japan on January 25, 2023. (TBEN)

More than 10 vehicles were stopped on a national road in central Japan’s Fukui prefecture late Tuesday, with traffic coming to a halt over a stretch of 14 kilometers.

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways also said they plan to cancel more than 200 flights on Wednesday and East Japan Railway will resume bullet train service between Fukushima and Shinjo on the Yamagata Shinkansen line in the northeastern region of Tohoku all day. suspend.

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Photo taken at JR Nishioji Station in Kyoto on Jan. 25, 2023, shows a train in which many passengers spent the night due to snow. (TBEN)

Japan’s Meteorological Agency has said some parts of the country could see their lowest temperatures in a decade, with strong winter weather expected to continue through Thursday.

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