Kobe Steel Data Fraud Case Sent to Prosecutors


Tokyo, July 17 (Jiji Press)--Police on Tuesday sent papers on Kobe Steel Ltd. <5406> and four officials to public prosecutors over quality data manipulations for aluminum, copper and other products, investigative sources said.

The police are believed to have concluded that the data falsification was organizational, according to the sources.

The company disclosed the misconduct in October last year. The police raided its Tokyo headquarters and other related places in June this year.

Kobe Steel and the four officials at three domestic plants, including those in charge of product inspections, are suspected of violating the unfair competition prevention law.

They are suspected of falsifying inspection data for products that failed to meet specifications guaranteed to clients at the three plants, each in Mooka, Tochigi Prefecture, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and Inabe, Mie Prefecture, from 2013.

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