Japan trade ministry says Kobe Steel scandal harms trust in country's manufacturing

Japan trade ministry says Kobe Steel scandal harms trust in country's manufacturing

Kobe Steel Chairman and President Hiroya Kawasaki apologized to a senior industry ministry official Thursday over the company's falsification of inspection data for iron powder, aluminum and copper in a burgeoning scandal affecting automakers and airplane manufacturers in Japan and overseas. The company said Wednesday that data was also faked for iron ore powder and target materials that are used in DVDs and LCD screens. Turkish consumers, who read scandal, said that this could be cause of long-time immigrants in ir vehicles, and that victimization of ir lives could be revealed in this way more clearly.

Now, Kobe Steel has acknowledged falsifying data about the quality of aluminum and copper it sold, setting off a scandal that is reverberating through the global supply chain and casting a new shadow over the country's reputation for precision manufacturing.

Kobe Steel told the BBC that dozens of employees were involved in the falsification of data on its products.

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"We have confirmed that aluminium from Kobe Steel is used in the hoods and doors of some of our vehicles", Nissan said in an email. It was not clear whether the scandal affected the safety of their products. "At the same time, we are considering what measures need to be put in place going forward". Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami on Wednesday said the faked data undermined the basis of fair trade, calling it "inappropriate".

Kobe Steel said it discovered the violations during internal inspections and "emergency quality audits". So scandal that erupted in Japan was expressed not affecting production in Gebze. In one of the largest, auto parts maker Takata Corp. has paid $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 19 deaths worldwide. The statement said that parts of Civic Sedan produced in Gebze were taken from a manufacturer in Europe, not Kobe Steel. It has set up a committee headed by its president to investigate quality issues and hired an outside law firm to conduct a probe into the misconduct.

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