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Kobe Steel sold Japan defense contractors suspect parts: ministry

Scandalized supplier drags down automakers, other customers in stock market

| Japan

TOKYO -- The Japanese government confirmed Tuesday that members of the nation's defense industry used parts procured from Kobe Steel that may have had inflated data regarding their quality in a cheating scandal linked to products ranging from cars to trains to rockets.

Kobe Steel altered inspection certificates to falsely show that certain aluminum and copper components satisfied client specifications under strength and other headings, the company acknowledged Sunday. The steelmaker said the suspect components had been supplied to more than 200 customers, but had yet to specify which companies or industries.

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