Snow record in Japan: 70 deaths in a month, the army called in to help

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TOKYO (AFP) - The army was called in to help in Japan as a result of unusually heavy snowfall that left at least 70 deaths since the beginning of winter, according to the latest report released Monday.

The army intervened in recent days to help clear isolation threatened cities.

The snow fell in large flakes since early December on the west and north of the archipelago, significantly disrupting transport, and the National Weather warned against the risk of avalanche and traffic problems.

In contrast, Tokyo, the largest metropolis in the world (30 million), has been spared so far by the weather.

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