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Wednesday, 25th January 2012
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Snowfall brings parts of Tokyo to a standstill

People of Tokyo awoke on Tuesday (January 24th) morning to find that snow had fallen through the night and trains and traffic were facing disruption.

Despite incredible levels of snowfall in Japan's ski resorts this season, it is the first time this winter that the capital has experienced snow.

According to the Tokyo fire department, ambulances took 53 people to hospital after injuring themselves falling, the Japan Times reported.

Rail services in western Tokyo operated by the East Japan Railways Co had to be suspended temporarily due to ice on the cables preventing the flow of electricity, while trains in Chiba Prefecture were also brought to a standstill.

Traffic was brought to a halt in some areas of the capital, with disruption for drivers on the Metropolitan Expressway and the Chuo Expressway.

In Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture snow levels reached 6cm, while in the Kanagawa Prefecture the city of Sagamihara saw depths of 5cm amass. At its worst, snow accumulated to a depth of 4cm in Tokyo.

Japan's number one ski resort Niseko has had over ten metres of snow so far this season.

Written by Mark Smith

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