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Heaviest snow in 4 years hits Tokyo, transport disrupted

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The heaviest snow in four years hit Tokyo, prompting companies to advise employees to leave work early, disrupting transport and leaving more than 60 people injured.

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As of 9 p.m., 21 centimeters of snow had been recorded in central Tokyo, the first time since February 2014 that more than 10 cm of snow had accumulated, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The agency said snowfall that began around noon in Tokyo was expected to end by early Tuesday but warned of icy roads due to low temperatures.

As of 9 p.m., police said it confirmed over 660 traffic accidents with most of them suspected to be caused by snow, and the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said some 67 people were injured after they slipped and fell.

Due to an increase in heating demand amid low temperatures, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said the power usage rate reached 95 percent of its capacity in the Kanto region including Tokyo. The utility called on customers to hold off on consuming electricity.

With many people rushing home, several train stations in Tokyo restricted admission. Delays and cancellations of train and bus services led to long lines for taxis.

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