A 74-year-old man was found dead on the ground outside a cabin beside his home in Yokote, Akita Prefecture, after he apparently fell from the roof while clearing snow.
According to police, Shigeru Awazu was found by his family members just before 7 p.m. on Wednesday. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, TV Asahi reported.
Police found both a snow shovel nearby, and a ladder propped up against the cabin, leading them to believe that the man may have fallen while trying to remove snow from the roof.
There have have been a number of similar deaths in northern Japan this month. Authorities have cautioned elderly people to be careful when clearing snow from the rooftops.© Japan Today