25 Jan 2016 – The record snowfall and low temperatures are affecting farm produce. In the western prefecture of Shimane, the heavy snow crushed greenhouses.
Analysts say the prices of vegetables are expected to rise
The storm paralyzed transportation, forced cancellation of 200 domestic flights, and delayed hundreds of bullet trains.
The cold ruptured water pipes and cut power lines, affecting thousands of households.
In the south, sleet fell on Amami Oshima Island for the first time since 1901. Residents there usually enjoy temperatures of around 17 degrees Celsius this time of year.
Sleet also fell on the main island of Okinawa, the first measurable snowfall in history.
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