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Tokyo prosecutors scrutinize Kobe Steel's data doctoring

Criminal case opened over falsely labeled products

Kobe Steel shipped material of questionable quality to more than 600 clients, including over 200 outside Japan. (Photo by Kento Nakabayashi)

TOKYO -- Japanese prosecutors have begun investigating Kobe Steel's quality data scandal, a step that could lead to charges.

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's special investigative unit decided on Tuesday to work with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department on a joint probe. Tokyo prosecutors have already subpoenaed documents from Kobe Steel, which is suspected of criminally misrepresenting data, a source familiar with the matter told Nikkei.

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