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Blame mismanagement for tarnishing the 'Made in Japan' label

Kobe Steel CEO expected workers to boost production with grit alone

TAKASHI SUGIMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Trust in Japan's manufacturing industry is eroding. In one of the latest revelations of corporate malpractice, Nissan Motor has admitted that unqualified workers routinely conducted safety inspections of its vehicles. In another, Kobe Steel has apologized for falsifying data on the strength of its products.

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