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Crumbling and empty plants led Japan Inc. astray

Scandals shine spotlight on labor crunch and limits of 'kaizen'

Subaru conducted improper inspections of vehicles at its main plant in Gunma Prefecture, Japan.

TOKYO -- The series of quality compliance scandals that has rocked Japanese manufacturing has unmasked the sobering truth that workers were often tempted to take shortcuts in quality testing as they struggled to keep up production at decaying and short-handed plants.

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