Japan has the same attitude towards snow that it does about so many other things; let it be and maybe it will go away on it's own. The local government occasionally plows the larger streets in the event of a large snowfall, but they just let any road smaller than 4 lanes "clear up of it's own accord". This really makes for challenging bicycling to say the least. I haven't crashed yet this year, but then again, I only rode to work once so far. Today is snowing like crazy, so we'll have to see how my luck holds out.