Data collected by the Mainichi Shimbun, supported by a Jiji Press tally, shows that nearly 100 people have died in Japan while clearing this season’s record-breaking snowfall.
Deaths were reported in 10 prefectures: Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa and Fukui, with people aged 65 or over accounting for three-quarters of the deaths. In many cases, older people died after falling from roofs while removing snow, reports japantimes.co.jp.
Already the number of dead has surpassed the figures seen in recent years with the worst of winter still to come. Snow-clearing deaths are increasing at an uncommonly fast pace, reports mainichi.jp.
To put this season’s high death toll into perspective, 2019 saw only eight snow-clearing deaths; 2018 registered 40 deaths; 2016 clocked 45 deaths; while 2015 registered 23 deaths (I cant find the data for 2017). The all-time record for the highest number of deaths –since the start of the Heisei era (1989)– is held by the year 2005 when 113 people lost their lives, but this season looks certain to surpass that.
An official of Yuzawa, in Akita Prefecture, where a number of deaths linked to shoveling snow have been reported, said that the snow accumulated much earlier than usual and in a short period of time, too.
“Older people had no choice but to clear snow by themselves as they had to wait for one month to receive support from a snow removal company,” the official said.
Compounding the issue, draconian coronavirus restrictions enforced by the Japanese government has meant family members aren’t permitted to travel in order to assist older relatives.
Looking ahead, yet more bone-chilling cold and relentless snow is forecast to hit Japan before the end of the month, as northern Asia’s continent-spanning mass of historic Arctic air intensifies further, and expands to the southeast:
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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