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Tuesday, 18th January 2011
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Japan hit by snowfall

Japan saw heavy snowfall over the weekend that has resulted in severe disruption.

It is estimated that over 100cm of snow fell in the region along the Sea of Japan, which caused delays for many travellers and led to major companies having to stop production.

A total of 195cm fell in Kitahiroshima in Hiroshima prefecture, with 137cm recorded in Maniwa in Okayama prefecture and 91cm centimetres in Onan in Shimane prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMP).

Automaker Toyota was forced to cease production at all of its 12 plants because of parts supply issues and the difficulty faced by staff travelling into work. It is expected that normal operations should be resumed today.

Kyodo News has reported that bullet train services operated by the Central Japan Railway Company on the Tokaido Shinkansen line faced substantial delays which impacted on the travel plans of around 67,000 passengers.

The JMP is predicting that the snow could continue for the next few days, especially in Northern Japan.

Written by Mark Smith.