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  • 3,400 people spend night at Tokyo airport after snowfall causes flight cancellations

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    Published 01/15/2013 09:21:19
    3,400 people spend night at Tokyo airport after snowfall causes flight cancellations
    People attempt to shield themselves as it snows in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    TOKYO - Tokyo's Narita International Airport operator says 3,400 travellers spent the night in the terminal after snow caused airlines to cancel 71 flights.

    In the season's first snowfall in the Japanese capital, about 8 centimetres (3 inches) of snow fell in central Tokyo and around Narita on Monday — a national holiday in Japan. The snow snarled traffic and caused train delays.

    Airport officials distributed sleeping bags, water and crackers to stranded travellers. Normal flight operations at Narita resumed Tuesday, except for a few delays.

    Major train operator JR East said trains were running on schedule Tuesday.

    Sections of several highways around Tokyo were still closed Tuesday as workers cleared away snow and ice.

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