Tokyo: 525 People Hospitalized for ‘Falling on Ice’ in Record Snowfall

Tokyo: 525 People Hospitalized for ‘Falling on Ice’ in Record Snowfall


More than 500 pedestrians and bicyclists were admitted to hospitals across Tokyo between Thursday and Friday for injuries caused by “slipping and falling due to ice and snow on the streets” after the Japanese national capital region experienced its heaviest snowfall in four years, Kyodo News reported on Saturday.

“A total of 525 people, aged between less than 1 year old and 100, were taken to hospitals in the capital, including a woman in her 60s who suffered severe injuries,” the Tokyo Fire Department confirmed on January 8.

In Saitama Prefecture, which neighbors Tokyo, 140 people sustained injuries from January 6 through January 7 after attempting to travel on icy surfaces. Saitama health officials classified four such injuries as “severe,”

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