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Taiwanese dies in accident on snowy road in Japan: MOFA

2018/01/23 20:02:01

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Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) A Taiwanese woman died in Japan on Monday in a road accident during a heavy snowfall in the Kanto region, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed Tuesday.

The woman was an expatriate living in Chiba Prefecture, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said, adding that the Taiwan representative office in Japan had confirmed her death with Japan police.

Kao Hsin-yun (高興雲), 52, was driving on a snow-covered section of National Route 355 in Ibaraki Prefecture when her car collided head-on with a truck at 6:40 p.m. Monday, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported Tuesday.

She was one of two people killed during the heavy snowfall in the Kanto region, which includes the prefectures of Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Kanagawa and Chiba, according to Nippon TV.

The other fatality was a 79-year-old man in Chiba, the TV channel reported.

In addition to the two deaths, some 719 people in Kanto suffered injuries as a result of the heavy snowfall, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

On Monday, over 20 centimeters of snow fell in Tokyo, the heaviest recorded in four years in the country's capital, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Although the snowfall had stopped Tuesday, icy conditions on the roads were a hazard, the agency said.

Meanwhile, several flights in and out of the Greater Tokyo area were canceled Tuesday after the two main airports, Haneda and Norita, closed some of their runways, which affected some 4,200 passengers, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun.

On Monday, two flights from Taiwan were forced to land at the Nagoya airport in Aichi Prefecture due to the weather, the operating carriers EVA Air and China Airlines (CAL) said.

The airlines, the two biggest in Taiwan, said that although their flights to Tokyo were back on schedule Tuesday, they were advising passengers to the Japanese city to confirm their bookings before leaving for the airport.

(By Kelven Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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