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Kihei Takahashi, Japan’s leading authority on snow and ice, died of pneumonia in Nishiwaga, Iwate Prefecture, on Wednesday, his family said. He was 95.

Takahashi conducted research into using forests to block avalanches while at the then Tohoku branch of the forestry research laboratory under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. He also taught part time and was a well-known snow photographer.

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