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Japan chemical plant explosion kills one, injures 15

April 23, 2012

TOKYO — An explosion at an adhesive manufacturing plant in western Japan killed one and injured at least 15 others on Sunday, theSundaily.com reported.

The blast occurred at a factory operated by chemical manufacturer Mitsui Chemicals in Yamaguchi prefecture, which is about 434 miles southwest of Tokyo.

A 22-year-old worker was killed and nine other company employees and workers for subcontract companies were injured. At least four residents in the neighborhood also suffered injuries.

"It may take more than a few days for us to find out the cause of the accident, but we are investigating it as a case of professional negligence resulting in death and injury," an official at Yamaguchi prefectural police said.