Two elderly people died after falling from the roofs of their homes while clearing snow in Kitakata City, Fukushima Prefecture.
According to police, 70-yearold Yoshio Watanabe, 70, was seen by a neighbor clearing snow from the roof of his home at about 2 p.m. on Sunday. TV Asahi reported that his wife found him lying in the snow at about 10 p.m. Sunday. However, he was confirmed dead upon arrival at a hospital.
In the second incident, Miyoshi Watanabe, 76, apparently fell from the roof of her house and was found dead, lying on the snow below in front of the entrance, by her family when they returned home at about 6:40 p.m.
The area had 80 cms of snow on Sunday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.