Flights canceled, trains delayed as snow blankets East Japan
Bloomberg -- Jan 14
Snow delayed train services and disrupted flights in Japan as Tokyo was blanketed by the first snowfall of the season.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a gale and snow advisory for central Tokyo, with seven centimeters (2.8 inches) of snow already fallen in the city, Kenji Okada, a forecaster for the agency, said by phone today. The snow came 11 days later than the average first fall and six days earlier than last year, according to the official.
There were delays of as long as 15 minutes for bullet train services to and from Tokyo, Central Japan Railway Co. (9022) said on its website. Some of the train lines operated by East Japan Railway Co. (9020) have been halted, the company said. Japan's financial markets were closed today for a national holiday.
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