Ex-Heads of M'bishi Materials Units Indicted over Data Scandal

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Tokyo, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese public prosecutors indicted two former chiefs of Mitsubishi Materials Corp. <5711> subsidiaries on Wednesday over a product quality data scandal at the nonferrous metals group.

Hiroaki Murata, 61, and Mutsumi Yasutake, 60, effectively sacked as presidents of Mitsubishi Cable Industries Ltd. and Diamet Corp., respectively, over the scandal, are the first individuals to be indicted over a recent series of data scandals involving major Japanese manufacturers, including Kobe Steel Ltd. <5406>.

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office apparently believes that the two former subsidiary chiefs' behavior was especially problematic.

The prosecutors also indicted Mitsubishi Cable Industries, Diamet and Mitsubishi Aluminum Co., another Mitsubishi Materials group company, as corporations.

According to the indictment and other sources, product data manipulation was conducted at Mitsubishi Cable Industries in June-October 2017 and Diamet over the 13 months to January 2018. Product inspection certificates were falsified at Mitsubishi Aluminum over the 12 months to December 2016.

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