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Executive Vice President Naoto Umehara, left, apologizes Oct. 8 for Kobe Steel's falsification of data regarding customer quality specifications.

Kobe Steel's falsified data undermines trust in 'Made in Japan'

Boeing planes, Toyota cars, JR Shinkansens among customers

YOSHIFUMI UESAKA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Kobe Steel acknowledged Sunday that it fabricated data involving clients' quality specifications for aluminum and copper parts, with the affected products supplied to some 200 companies including Toyota Motor and Boeing.

The announcement comes just days after Nissan Motor said that unauthorized workers were doing final safety checks on its cars, and undermines the trust built over years toward "Made in Japan" quality.

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