A mother and her three children have been killed after their car was buried by drifts after a weekend of heavy snow in Japan.
At the weekend eight people were killed on Hokkaido island due to the poor weather including the family.
Kazuyo Miyashita, 40, her two daughters Misa, 17, and Sayo, 14, and her son Daiki, 11, were trapped in their car during a snow storm.
Separately, Haruna Kitagawa, 23, froze to death after leaving her car, stuck in the snow.
Also over the weekend, a 54-year-old man and a 76-year-old man were found collapsed in the snow in another part of Hokkaido, and both were confirmed dead, it said.
The storm caused two-meter-high (six-and-a-half-feet) drifts and was blamed for derailing a bullet train in Akita prefecture, south of Hokkaido, on Saturday afternoon.
Kyodo said the passenger train was moving slowly because of the heavy snow on the tracks, and the derailment caused no injuries.