Prosecutors Launch Probe into Mitsubishi Materials Group Fraud


Tokyo, Aug. 23 (Jiji Press)--The Mitsubishi Materials Corp. <5711> group is under investigation by public prosecutors for falsifying product quality data, following the indictment of Kobe Steel Ltd. <5406> over a similar scandal, it was learned Thursday.

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office is investigating data fraud at five group companies of the nonferrous metal maker on suspicion of false indications under the unfair competition prevention law, informed sources said.

The five are Mitsubishi Shindoh Co., Mitsubishi Cable Industries Ltd., Mitsubishi Aluminum Co., Diamet Corp. and Tachibana Metal Mfg. Co.

The prosecutors will question group officials on a voluntary basis while conducting searches at related locations, the sources said.

Mitsubishi Materials declined to comment.

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