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Kobe Steel investing to prevent data falsification

Scandal-ridden steelmaker plans inspection automation, quality control division

| Japan

TOKYO -- Kobe Steel will earmark roughly 10 billion yen ($88 million) for capital improvements starting in 2018 aimed at ensuring that its manipulation of product quality data cannot be repeated.

Inspection data will be recorded automatically at the Moka factory in Tochigi Prefecture, the Daian plant in Mie Prefecture and other facilities handling aluminum and copper products at the heart of the scandal, as well as at group companies such as Shinko Wire Stainless, which violated Japanese Industrial Standards in 2016. Automated data entry will be introduced to scandal-free segments later.

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