A 72-year-old man died after he fell off the roof of a shed in Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, while he was clearing snow.
According to police, Kenzo Minamigawa was found lying in front of the shed beside his residence which is also a pub at around 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. An employee of the pub found him and called 119. Minamigawa was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said it appeared Minamigawa had used a ladder to climb up three meters to the roof of the shed to clear away snow and then fell. He was not wearing a helmet or life rope© Japan Today