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March 03, 2013
Six people die as blizzards hit northern Japan
Tokyo (AFP) March 3, 2013
At least six people died in a spate of snow-related incidents as blizzards swept across the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend, police and news reports said Sunday. A 40-year-old woman and her three teenaged children were found dead late Saturday in a car buried under snow in the town of Nakashibetsu, eastern Hokkaido, a local police spokesman said. They are believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning as the car's exhaust pipe and was blocked by snow and the windows wer ... read more
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