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Kobe Steel Executive Vice President Naoto Umehara (center) attends a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 20. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

Kobe Steel fesses up to more data cheating

New cover-up, involvement of more units come to light

| Japan

TOKYO -- Japan's scandal-tainted Kobe Steel said Friday that employees and management at one of its plants hid fabricated product quality data from an internal investigation, while a group company may have run afoul of industrial standardization laws.

"Our governance was insufficient," Executive Vice President Naoto Umehara told reporters at a news conference.

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