Tosoh Corp. fell the most in more than two months in Tokyo trading after a chemical plant operated by the company in Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan, caught fire.
Tosoh slid as much as 7 percent, the biggest intraday loss since Sept. 6, and traded 4.4 percent lower at 219 yen as of 9:30 a.m. on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average rose 1.5 percent.
A worker was found dead this morning at the factory, Tosoh President Kenichi Udagawa said today at a news conference in Tokyo. The fire at the plant is "almost extinguished," Yasuyuki Koie, a managing director at the chemical maker, said.