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Father dies sheltering girl from Japan blizzard

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A father froze to death while sheltering his nine-year-old daughter from severe weekend blizzards that swept northern Japan, two years after her mother died, reports said Monday. 

A road in Nakashibetsu town on Hokkaido island is seen covered in snow on March 3, 2013 after severe weekend blizzards sweep northern Japan. At least nine people died in snow-related incidents in Hokkaido over the weekend, including a father who froze to death while sheltering his nine-year-old daughter, reports said Monday.

Mikio Okada died as he tried to protect his only child Natsune against winds of up to 109 kilometres (68 miles) per hour, as temperatures plunged to minus 6 Celsius (21 Fahrenheit).

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