'Unbelievable' Snowfall Cripples Japan With Traffic Nightmare; See Pics

World | News18 | December 18, 2020, 4:29 pm
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 Heavy snow brought traffic chaos to much of northwest<span class= Japan, with hundreds of vehicles stuck on blocked highways. "The government will do its utmost to rescue anyone who is stuck in their vehicle," the government's top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, said at a regular briefing. (Kyodo via Reuters)" title=" Heavy snow brought traffic chaos to much of northwest Japan, with hundreds of vehicles stuck on blocked highways. "The government will do its utmost to rescue anyone who is stuck in their vehicle," the government's top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, said at a regular briefing. (Kyodo via Reuters)">
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Heavy snow brought traffic chaos to much of northwest Japan, with hundreds of vehicles stuck on blocked highways. "The government will do its utmost to rescue anyone who is stuck in their vehicle," the government's top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, said at a regular briefing. (Kyodo via Reuters)

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 A woman removes snow on a street in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)
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A woman removes snow on a street in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)

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 Self-Defense Force troops were delivering food, petrol and blankets, and helping clear snow, while fire service crews rescued some drivers, including at least three people who were taken to hospital, according to public broadcaster NHK. (Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP)
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Self-Defense Force troops were delivering food, petrol and blankets, and helping clear snow, while fire service crews rescued some drivers, including at least three people who were taken to hospital, according to public broadcaster NHK. (Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP)

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 People remove snow on a street in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)
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People remove snow on a street in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)

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 As highway workers in hard-hit areas such as Niigata prefecture cleared snow several feet deep in places, the Meteorological Agency warned of heavier snow over the weekend along the Sea of<span class= Japan coast. (Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP)" title=" As highway workers in hard-hit areas such as Niigata prefecture cleared snow several feet deep in places, the Meteorological Agency warned of heavier snow over the weekend along the Sea of Japan coast. (Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP)">
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As highway workers in hard-hit areas such as Niigata prefecture cleared snow several feet deep in places, the Meteorological Agency warned of heavier snow over the weekend along the Sea of Japan coast. (Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP)

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 Some places are bracing for as much as 80 cm (32 inches) of snow amid a cold snap that has affected much of the country. I this photo, People are seen removing snow on a street in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)
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Some places are bracing for as much as 80 cm (32 inches) of snow amid a cold snap that has affected much of the country. I this photo, People are seen removing snow on a street in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)

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 Vehicles are stranded on the snow-covered Kanetsu expressway in Minamiuonuma in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)
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Vehicles are stranded on the snow-covered Kanetsu expressway in Minamiuonuma in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)

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 Vehicles are stranded in the snow on an expressway in Muikamachi, Niigata prefecture, northern Japan. Heavy snow hit areas of northern Japan, causing several hundred vehicles stranded on the road and power outages in some regions. (Kyodo News via AP)
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Vehicles are stranded in the snow on an expressway in Muikamachi, Niigata prefecture, northern Japan. Heavy snow hit areas of northern Japan, causing several hundred vehicles stranded on the road and power outages in some regions. (Kyodo News via AP)

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 A woman removes snow on a street in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)
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A woman removes snow on a street in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)

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 Vehicles are stranded on the snow-covered Kanetsu expressway in Minamiuonuma in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)
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Vehicles are stranded on the snow-covered Kanetsu expressway in Minamiuonuma in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo/via Reuters)

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 Vehicles are stranded on the snow-covered Kanetsu expressway in Minamiuonuma in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo via Reuters)
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Vehicles are stranded on the snow-covered Kanetsu expressway in Minamiuonuma in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. (Kyodo via Reuters)

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