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Tuesday, 4th January 2011
In Japan Travel News,

Snow causes major traffic problems

The recent snowy weather in parts of Japan led to significant traffic problems on New Year's Eve.

Kyodo News reports that around 1,000 vehicles were involved in a major jam in Tottori Prefecture, which was finally cleared with help from the military.

According to the land, infrastructure, transport and tourism ministry, the jam on Route 9 was initially caused by an accident due to the heavy snow conditions. The resulting traffic led to the road being shut down for around 42 hours.

Soldiers were called in by Tottori Prefectural government to help deal with the incident, with the troops able to refuel cars and hand out emergency food to drivers and passengers.

It is estimated that around 89 cm of snow fell in the region - the most reported since 1940. The Japan Meteorological Agency is predicting that more snow is likely to fall along the north coast of west Japan over the next few days.

Meanwhile, Japan's NHK reported that around 189 fishing boats in the region were destroyed following the heavy snow storm.

Written by Susan Ballion. 

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