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Kobe Steel President says there could be more cases of counterfeiting

Steelmaker Kobe Steel president Hiroya Kawasaki said today that the falsification of technical data on its products could affect more materials than copper, aluminum and iron, a revelation that magnifies the magnitude of the scandal.

Tokyo, Oct. 12 (KUNA) - Steelmaker Kobe Steel, Hiroya Kawasaki, said today that the falsification of technical data on its products could affect more materials than copper, aluminum and iron, a revelation that magnifies the magnitude of the scandal.

"I can not rule out the possibility of new cases," which the company is investigating and outside the Asian country to determine the true scope of the fraud, Kawasaki revealed after a meeting with the authorities of the Ministry of Industry collected by the state chain The chairman of Japan's third largest steelmaker apologized today to the director of the Bureau of Manufacturing Industries, Akihiro Tada, and said that "the main thing now is confirm the quality and safety of the products that have been distributed. "

Tada called the case" truly deplorable "and expressed concern that" it may lead to lose confidence in the entire manufacturing sector in Japan. "

The Japanese government has given the company a two-week deadline to present the results of its investigation and the safety review of its products, and required him to report within a month or so on the causes and measures to be taken.

Kobe Steel admitted on Sunday that inspection certificates for some of its aluminum and copper products were "improperly rewritten" to make technical data "meet specifications."

the company last year sent more than 20,000 tons of these materials to more than 200 companies.

The case took a new turn on Wednesday after acknowledging that there were also handling of iron filings, which affected 140 tonnes in 2016, and in cathodic spray materials, used for the production of liquid crystal displays and DVD, which since 2011 was sent to about 70 companies.

The falsification affects the characteristics of resistance and other technical details of products that were supplied to companies. sectors such as automotive, aeronautics, railways or military equipment.

Kobe Steel is the latest in a series of recent scandals involving important Japanese companies, ranging from the accounting manipulation carried out by Toshiba until 2014, in which it inflated its accounts, until the falsification of data of energy efficiency of Mitsubishi Motors, uncovered last year.

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