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Mitsubishi Motors chief to quit over fuel economy scandal

President Tetsuro Aikawa bows in an April news conference.

TOKYO -- The president of Mitsubishi Motors decided Tuesday to step down, taking responsibility for the fuel economy data scandal that surfaced in April.

The position to be vacated by Tetsuro Aikawa, 62, will be filled temporarily by Chairman Osamu Masuko. The 67-year-old will continue to do double duty until after Nissan Motor completes its planned purchase of a 34% equity stake.

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