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Japan must rethink customs on product quality: Toray chief

Practice of accepting inferior goods used as cover in materials scandals

Toray Industries President Akihiro Nikkaku spoke with The Nikkei on Monday after a subsidiary was found to have falsified product quality data.

TOKYO -- A Japanese business practice abused in a string of manufacturing scandals may need to be re-evaluated, the president of materials maker Toray Industries has suggested after a subsidiary contributed to the problem.

President Akihiro Nikkaku apologized once again Monday for the falsification of product quality data uncovered recently at the Toray Hybrid Cord unit. "Unpardonably, the sense of duty around abiding by contracts was weak," he said in an interview with The Nikkei.

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