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Japan materials makers' season of disgrace stretching into 2018

Distance between top management and culpable units remains a challenge

TOKYO -- The product quality scandals that dogged top materials makers in 2017 look to drag into the new year as they struggle to ascertain exactly how deep the data-doctoring went, making a governance overhaul imperative when the calendar turns.

At Mitsubishi Materials, the problem is deep-rooted and widespread, according to President Akira Takeuchi. A panel convened to investigate the tampering with product data at subsidiaries has found that quite a number of employees were involved over a long period, he explained at a press conference Thursday, citing an interim report from the body.

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