Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

US decides to "let corporate greed run the internet"

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Ex-minister Tzipi Livni calls for Israeli settlement freeze

Read more

THE DEBATE

May overruled: Brexit momentum thwarted by Tory rebellion

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Somalia's Shabaab kill 18 police in academy bombing

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Tabloid's Brexit rage

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Saudi Arabia and UAE pledge €110.5 million for G5 Sahel joint force

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

FCC votes against net neutrality

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

One Planet Summit: How France's Macron became 'Mister Climate'

Read more

ENCORE!

Photographer Sebastião Salgado takes a seat in France's academy of fine arts

Read more

Asia-pacific

‘Multiple casualties’ in explosion at Japanese factory

© Twitter user @Thoton

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

  • JAPAN

    Japan's Fukushima starts risky fuel rod removal

    Read more

  • JAPAN

    Radiation in water at Fukushima plant hits record high

    Read more

  • JAPAN

    Radiation readings spike at Fukushima nuclear plant

    Read more

COMMENT(S)