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More than 2,000 reindeer have died from the highly infectious disease in Russia’s Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district last year according to news reports.

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The northwesterly winds, which blow out from the cold Siberian high pressure zone, cross over the Sea of Japan. The winds pick up heat and moisture from the warm Tsushima current producing snow clouds then dumps that moisture as snow when it hits the mountains. This results in tremendous amounts of snowfall to the Sea of Japan side. It is one of the snowiest regions in the world, with snow levels measured in meters rather than centimeters or inches. Sometimes violent lightning occurs in Japan in the winter.

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The region along the western side of Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan with an incredible amount of snowfall is called “snow country”. Ranked among the world’s snowiest cities, Akita, Aomori, Sapporo and Toyama are routinely blanketed by 2-4 meters of snow in an annual whiteout that typically lasts for three months.

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In the Pacific side of Japan, Tokyo for example, winter is relatively mild. It doesn’t get much snow. However, when you cross a series of mountain ranges to the west side of Japan, it is one of the snowiest regions in the world with incredible amount of long-lasting snowfalls.

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Venezuelans favor digital money due to security concerns and Argentinians because of inflation, whereas people in Japan are typically leery of credit-card debts. Japan, though miles more prepared for digital money than Venezuela, is actually a more cash-intensive economy.

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A quick tap of a credit or debit card to pay at most retail outlets have made it easier to get around without physical cash – banknotes and coins. In Belgium, France, and Canada over 90% of consumer payments are made by digital means.

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