Hitachi Chemical Unveils More Inspection Fraud Cases

Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 2 (Jiji Press)--Hitachi Chemical Co. <4217> on Friday unveiled the discovery of additional cases of product inspection fraud involving the Japanese manufacturer.

The fraudulent practices, including failing to conduct inspections promised to clients and falsifying inspection data, occurred at all of the company's seven plants in Japan, the Hitachi Ltd. <6501> unit said.

The improper practices affected 29 products, or more than half of the company's total. They were supplied to some 1,900 client companies.

The affected products, including semiconductor materials, batteries for automobiles and power source devices for nuclear plants, have annual sales of nearly 70 billion yen, or some 10 pct of the total.

In some cases, improper inspections have been conducted for some 10 years, Hitachi Chemical said.

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