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Kobe Steel Chairman and President Hiroya Kawasaki, left, apologizes over the company's falsification of inspection data at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Wednesday.

Kobe Steel says more malpractice could emerge

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Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- There appears to be no end in sight to the data falsification scandal at Kobe Steel, with the company admitting it could not guarantee more evidence of malpractice would not emerge.

"I sincerely apologize for creating distrust and concern among many people," Kobe Steel Chairman and President Hiroya Kawasaki told reporters on Thursday at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, where he met with Akihiro Tada, director-general of the Manufacturing Industries Bureau.

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