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SDF mobilized to dig out snow-stranded vehicles in Tottori

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How marvelous! This is how the SDF ought to be primarily used - helping out the country's populace through bad times and hardship - not engaging in (usually) useless, foreign wars.

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"Blow" away the snow ;)

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Why don't all of the analysis's and politicians, law makers walk around the streets, normally they produce tonnes of hot air, this hot air that could be put to good used to melt the snow on the pavements etc, then they would serve a purpose. Japan could also hire a well know chap from America to help the amount of hot air that he produces will keep a hospital like a sauna for months! or Hokkaido snow and ice free for months!.But well done to the SDF for helping out as well

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They say 2016 was the hottest year on record and the planet is only warming up but so far this winter I have been buried in snow in Japan in three different prefectures and froze my butt off and buried in more snow while in Vancouver for three weeks back in December when they were getting -2 to -8c days and nights. It was so bad in Vancouver that the Canada postal workers just didn't even bother to delivery the mail because of all the ice built up on sidewalks. I know I'll get crap for saying this but, global warming sounds good right about now...

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They say 2016 was the hottest year on record and the planet is only warming up but so far this winter I have been buried in snow in Japan

That's because the weather gets more extreme, rather than universally hotter. "Global warming" is a confusing term, because it suggests everywhere gets hotter.

"Climate change" is a better term.

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I know I'll get crap for saying this but, global warming sounds good right about now...

Get back to us in August. You'll be wishing you were in BC.

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Nice to see our tax-yen going for something useful. Maybe the US military in Okinawa could take a leaf out of the SDF's book and do something beneficial for the society too.

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Maybe the US military in Okinawa could take a leaf out of the SDF's book and do something beneficial for the society too.

The US military has provided much needed assistance in disaster areas such as the earthquake striken Tohoku region and more recently last year in the earthquake striken areas of Kumamoto. I see that as not only beneficial for our society for also something for which we are very grateful. The same goes for the SDF and work such as described in this article.

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Japanese media said that at one point more than 300 vehicles had been stuck, though there were no reports of any injuries. Some people reportedly left their cars to seek shelter while other drivers waited for the roads to be cleared.

How many of these vehicles were on the road out of necessity. Use common sense, people, when the weather gets really inclement, leave the car on the drive.

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I was in Tottori exactly one month and came prepared with snow tires and chains but all I got was rain. I guess I got lucky.

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A.N. Other,

How many of these vehicles were on the road out of necessity. Use common sense, people, when the weather gets really inclement, leave the car on the drive.

Your comment implies that you think that not many were on the road out of necessity, I don't know either, but if 240 of them were stuck by 7:30AM, I would hazard a guess that those people were on their way to work or school - unlikely to be going for a joy ride - and for them, it was necessary to be on the road.

Also, I think you will find that there are very few Japanese people who have houses with drives.

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Has the Government of Japan ever heard of a state of emergency???? When extreme weather occurs close a schools, roads & airports. This way only necessary people are on the roads... Medical professionals, police, firefighters and state troopers are necessary....

towing abandoned cars says alot about the Government of Japan in that they have no common sense, those vehicles should have never been on the roads in the first place..

What if a chemical or oil fires broke out in a closed factory and those abandoned cars prevented firefighters from getting to the scene of the fire???..

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@Utrack: there are many phrases in Japanese languages equivalent tomstate of emergency.

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