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Kobe Steel President Hiroya Kawasaki announced the findings of the internal review at a Tokyo news conference.   © Reuters

Kobe Steel, focused on performance, overlooked quality scandal

Internal probe blames 'closed organizational culture' stifling whistleblowers

| Japan

TOKYO -- A closed-door culture that favored meeting deadlines over independent oversight led to the widespread quality data scandal at Kobe Steel, the company said Friday. But because they lack alternatives, many of its customers will likely stay.

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