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Japan to toughen penalty for industrial standard cheats

Stronger law prompted by data fakery at major manufacturers

Kobe Steel President Hiroya Kawasaki, left, at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Oct. 12.

TOKYO -- With a series of scandals revealing well-known manufacturers falsifying the quality of their products, the Japanese government is moving to increase the fines for such offenses.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is working on a draft revision of the Industrial Standards Law, intending to submit it during the ordinary Diet session in January.

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