Monday, 10th February 2014
In Weather In Japan,
Snow engulfs much of Japan
Japan is currently experiencing its worst snowfall in decades, with as much as 27 centimetres recorded in Tokyo this weekend (February 8th).
The adverse conditions have left around 5,000 people stranded at Narita airport, while more than 20,000 households in the capital were left without electricity early on Sunday, in what has been described as its heaviest snowfall in 45 years.
Those travelling the country should check their travel arrangements, following delays on the Shinkansen bullet trains and the cancellation of over 400 domestic flights a day due to the weather.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, temperatures are likely to plunge further in the north of the country, with those travelling by car bracing themselves for a week of icy conditions.
Local media agencies have said that the cold had a negative effect on governmental elections, which were held in Tokyo this weekend.
Written by Mark Smith
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