According to state television NHK, snowfall has been affecting the northern and western states since the weekend.
According to the statement of the Fire and Disaster Management Agency (Shobocho), 8 people lost their lives and 45 people were injured in disasters and accidents caused by heavy snowfalls across the country.
There were power cuts caused by snowfall and disruptions in high-speed train services.
Meteorology officials noted that the snow thicknesses in Şimane, Hiroshima, Kochi and Hokkaido regions are above the seasonal normals and the snowfall is expected to continue.
In the states bordering the Sea of Japan (East Sea) where precipitation is intense, a call was made to supply basic foods in advance and not to go out unless necessary.