Product Quality Problems Look Far from Over One Year On

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 8 (Jiji Press)--Product quality problems in the Japanese manufacturing sector still look far from over one year after Kobe Steel Ltd. <5406> disclosed its quality data fraud.

On Oct. 8 last year, Kobe Steel made public its product inspection fraud, the first case in the series of product quality scandals that has tarnished the image of Japanese manufacturers.

The steelmaker said it had shipped aluminum and cooper products that did not meet specification requirements, such as product strength, promised to clients, by falsifying product inspection data.

Similar scandals emerged at other famous materials makers Mitsubishi Materials Corp. <5711> and Toray Industries Inc. <3402> the following month.

Affected products of the three companies were used in a wide range of products manufactured by other makers, even including automobiles, Shinkansen bullet train cars and aircraft.

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