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Mitsubishi Materials shares plummet after fake data scandal

| Updated: November 27, 2017 10:46:46


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Mitsubishi Materials said it first became aware of the "misconduct" at its divisions in February and opened an investigation in the wake of the Kobe Steel scandal. - Reuters file photo Mitsubishi Materials said it first became aware of the "misconduct" at its divisions in February and opened an investigation in the wake of the Kobe Steel scandal. - Reuters file photo

Mitsubishi Materials, a division of one of Japan's biggest conglomerates, saw shares fall by as much 11 per cent on Friday after admitting to a quality scandal.

Three of its units were found to have falsified data for products supplied to nearly 300 companies in the aerospace, car, and electric power industries, the BBC reports.

No safety issues have been reported.

The discovery is the latest in a string of scandals tarnishing the image of corporate Japan and its reputation for precision manufacturing.

Kobe Steel, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, and Subaru all recently admitted to manipulating data. Several of them saw the quality lapses stretch on for decades.

Mitsubishi Materials said it first became aware of the "misconduct" at its divisions in February and opened an investigation in the wake of the Kobe Steel scandal.

Mitsubishi Materials has a 45 per cent share in a copper tube joint venture with Kobe Steel, including the Hatano plant that is at the centre of the Kobe scandal.

On Thursday Mitsubishi Materials apologised for the manipulation and promised to strengthen its quality control procedures to stop the problem being repeated.

The firm said the impact of the quality scandal on its financial results "are currently unknown". It is scheduled to hold a press conference later on Friday.

 

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