A 67-year-old man clearing snow from his roof fell to his death in Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, police said Sunday.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Fuji TV reported that the man, identified as Kazuo Tate, told his family members that he was going up onto the roof to clear snow. His body was found lying on the ground about 30 minutes later.
He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the region had experienced around 24 cms of snowfall on Saturday.
Police said Tate's death was the first snow-related fatality reported in Aomori Prefecture so far this winter.© Japan Today