• Kyodo


An explosion at an iron factory in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, on Tuesday morning killed the manager and left five people injured, police and firefighters said.

The 56-year-old manager, Akira Sato, died at a local hospital after suffering serious burns from the 8:30 a.m. blast at Hiyama Iron Works Co. Fifteen other workers were also taken to the hospital, with five men confirmed to have sustained injuries.

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