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Quality scandals claim heads of Toray, Mitsubishi Materials units

Fallout from product data fabrication at Japan Inc. reaches top ranks

Mitsubishi Cable's then-President Hiroaki Murata spoke to the press Nov. 24.

TOKYO -- The presidents of two Mitsubishi Materials and Toray Industries subsidiaries lost their jobs amid revelations that their companies had misrepresented product quality, the first corporate chiefs to fall as a result of data falsification scandals that have tarnished Japan's reputation in manufacturing.

Mitsubishi Cable Industries announced Friday that President Hiroaki Murata has become a non-representative director, replaced by Nobuhiro Takayanagi, an executive officer from the parent company. Toray Hybrid Cord likewise said the same day President Nobuhiro Suzuki was resigning, with Masahiro Aoki, who oversees production technology at the parent, taking his place.

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