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Mitsubishi Materials Admits to Falsifying Data

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Mitsubishi Materials’ subsidiary Mitsubishi Cable Industries admitted on Tuesday that it had shipped coiled copper wire with falsified inspection data. Five different companies received the shipment. This served to be the most recent addition to the long list of scandals plaguing Japanese manufacturers.

Mitsubishi Materials Corp., the manufacturer of components for automobiles and aircraft, made the announcement on Tuesday.

The revelation follows the discovery of more data falsification cases and misconduct. A probe caused the information to show. Data-rewriting exposés from three of its subsidiaries prompted the investigation.

“I want to offer a deep apology for causing extensive trouble,” said Mitsubishi Materials President Akira Takeuchi.

Product quality scandals recently plague the Japanese manufacturers. This then includes the nonferrous metal and industrial product group. The scandals involved Kobe Steel Ltd., which is Japan’s third-largest steel-maker, in a falsification of data, and uncertified inspections at carmakers Nissan and Subaru.

Kansai Electric used possibly Falsified Products

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Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co. stated that it used products in important safety equipment at two of its nuclear plants.  A unit with possibly falsified data from Mitsubishi Materials supplied the materials.

A spokesperson for Kansai Electric then confirmed the Japanese media reports. He said that dozens of locations were discovered to using the rubber seals from Mitsubishi Cable Industries. These materials, he then stated, possibly had falsified specifications mainly at its Takahama and Ohi nuclear plants.

They discovered the possibility after the electric company pushed back the restart of one of its nuclear power stations. The delay was due to checks it needed to make on parts received from Kobe Steel.

Nevertheless, there were no immediate safety issues found. This was also according to the spokesperson who spoke to Japan’s nuclear regulator.

The delays and checks on the Ohi reactors make the prolonged reboot of the country’s nuclear sector more complicated.  The Fukushima disaster of 2011 shut down Japan’s nuclear sector.

However, there are no immediate plans to close down the Takahama station for checks. Kansai Electric also has no expectations of further delays on Ohi’s restart.

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