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Cases of possible falsified products rise

JAPAN’S Mitsubishi Materials Corp said it has found more cases of products shipped with possible falsified specifications as it investigates a widening data-fabrication scandal that has affected more than 300 of its customers.

The revelation is among the latest in a slew of scandals to rock Japan’s manufacturing industry.

Mitsubishi Materials said yesterday that its unit, Mitsubishi Cable Industries Ltd, shipped magnetic wires with possibly fabricated data to five customers, and that it was checking on the safety and performance of the products.

Mitsubishi Materials had said last month that the same unit had inappropriately distorted data for rubber sealing products, used in aircraft and cars.

While no safety issues have been identified in the earlier cases, the company has said customers in Japan, the US, and China may have received affected products.

Mitsubishi Materials President Akira Takeuchi said the firm in its ongoing investigation into the matter had not found any evidence to suggest senior executives knew of the failings.

“I do not think there were instances of infraction of compliance issues based on instructions from headquarters,” Takeuchi said.


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