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5 dead in snow-related accidents; travel disrupted

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I fly to Hawaii out of Sendai this weekend. I hope my flight is not cancelled.

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Not to be picky, but it sounds like just one person was killed by the snow. Another was hit by snowplow - that's like saying a person run over by a watermelon truck was killed by watermelons. The last was a car accident. They happen on sunny days, too. Not saying the snow wasn't a factor, but it is stretching things to come up with the melodramatic headline of "Heavy Snow Kills 3." Is that fear mongering really necessary?

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The mountain town of Tsunan, near the Sea of Japan (East Sea) coast....<

"East Sea"?!?.....disappointed to see that being used on this site.

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Hey, JapanGal, isn't that running away? :-) All jokes aside, I hope my family and friends in Sendai makes it through until I get back at the end of March. By then I hope to see some early cherry blossoms, as well as play with the boys before they return to school. Top of the season to you!

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Another was hit by snowplow - that's like saying a person run over by a watermelon truck was killed by watermelons.

If there wasn't snow, there wouldn't have been a snowplow. The snow was indirectly responsible for their death.

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If there wasn't snow, there wouldn't have been a snowplow.

That would be like calling summer drownings "sun-related incidents".

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I know how you feel . I live in Hokkaido Japan where has a lot of snow . Maybe Kushiro usually has not snow . What I mean, as they have no experience the case both snow plow's driver and the old woman , the accident had occurred this time .

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That first photo is taken in front of the finest Taishou era building in Nagoya that survived WWII - right across the street from shiyakushou and up the road from Meijou-koen. I've been admiring it for over 30 years and keep expecting to find that it's been razed and replaced every time I'm back.

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Not to be picky, but it sounds like just one person was killed by the snow.

It's a fact that whenever someone prefaces a statement with "not to be..." (picky, a jerk, combative, contradictory, etc.), they are acknowledging that they realize they really ARE being that way, but feel that prefacing their statement in such a way somehow makes it alright to continue on. Ditto for the preface, "No offense, but..."

Another was hit by snowplow - that's like saying a person run over by a watermelon truck was killed by watermelons.

Bad analogy. Your analogy would work only if the watermelons were impeding the driver's and the pedestrian's vision in some manner. If the snow caused the snowplow driver to not see the woman (either just from the stuff falling or if piled-up snow hid her presence), then the snow was definitely a major contributing factor to the death.

The last was a car accident. They happen on sunny days, too. Not saying the snow wasn't a factor, but it is stretching things to come up with the melodramatic headline of "Heavy Snow Kills 3."

On sunny days, there aren't a lot of cars that completely lose traction with the road and careen off into an immovable object. The heavy snowfall decidedly WAS a major contributing factor.

Is that fear mongering really necessary?

Are you really quaking in fear now with every snowflake? I didn't think so. Calling this 'fear mongering" is simply hyperbole. Rather than fear mongering, call it a cautionary tale of (in the case of the car accidents) driving faster than the road conditions warranted. People can take that away from this article without trembling in fear.

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On sunny days, there aren't a lot of cars that completely lose traction with the road and careen off into an immovable object.

There are plenty of cars that lose control when the driver is blinded by glare.

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