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Nine dead after heavy snow hits Japanese island of Hokkaido

4 March 2013 Last updated at 15:05 GMT

At least nine people have died after heavy snowfall hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend.

One of the victims was a father whose body was found wrapped around his daughter's to keep her warm - ensuring her survival.

Snow is piling up dangerously high in Japan due to this winter's low temperatures.

Tom Santorelli reports.