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Where 'Made in Japan' went wrong, and how to fix it

Data-tampering scandals reveal the issues undermining the country's manufacturing reputation

Nissan Motor admitted last year that vehicle inspections had been carried out improperly but denied this was due to labor shortages. (Photo by Takeshi Shiraishi)

TOKYO -- Hoping to repair its tarnished reputation, Kobe Steel unveiled a new system to record all testing and inspection data at its aluminum rolling plant in Moka, Tochigi Prefecture, one of the largest in Japan.

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