According to ABC news reports, a father froze to death while sheltering his nine-year-old daughter from the elements as severe blizzards swept northern Japan over the weekend. Mikio Okada died as he tried to protect his only child, Natsune, against winds of up to 109kph and temperatures that plunged as low as minus 6 degrees Celsius. Mr Okada was one of at least nine people killed in a spate of snow-related
incidents as blizzards hit Hokkaido island.
The report by ABC news further stated that Mr Okada was found hunched over his daughter, cradling her in his arms and apparently using his body and a warehouse wall to provide shelter. He had taken his jacket off to give to the child, a broadcaster said. The young girl was taken to a hospital near their home at Yubetsu on Hokkaido where she was found to have no serious injuries.