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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-09

At least five people were killed and 12 wounded in an explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan, police said on Thursday.

The blast took place in the early afternoon at a Mitsubishi Materials factory in the central city of Yokkaichi.

"Five people are dead. 12 people have been injured, of whom nine sustained only minor injuries," said a police spokeswoman.

Hiroki Morofuji, an official at the plant, said the incident had involved maintenance workers.

Mitusbishi Materials, headquartered in the Japanese capital, makes a range of products including auto parts, silicon wafers for memory chips used in consumer electronics, and cement for road and bridge construction.

The company, which reported sales of about $12.2 billion in its latest fiscal year, has over 22,000 employees and operations across the globe including in the United States, Brazil, Germany and India.
 

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-01-09

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