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Heavy snow blanketed eastern Japan over the weekend, leaving one man dead and 900 others injured, as Tokyo commuters took to the slippery streets on Tuesday.
The storm dumped 8cm of snow in nine hours, the heaviest snowfall in the region since January 2006, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It left 13cm of snow in neighbouring Yokohama, while mountainous areas around Tokyo saw up to 30cm (12 inches).
A 71-year-old man in Shiojiri city, Nagano prefecture, died after falling into an open drain as he cleared snow around his house, a fire service spokesman said.
National broadcaster NHK said at least 891 injuries had been recorded in Tokyo and the area around it, many of them elderly people who had slipped on snow-covered streets or motorists involved in accidents.
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Good news!A publisher in Italy has now translated Not by Fire but by Ice into Italian.