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Quality inspection certificates have been tampered with at four Kobe Steel plants including this one in Moka, Tochigi Prefecture.
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Scandal dents Kobe Steel shares -- and Japan's brand

Country's reputation for quality craftsmanship is on the line

TOMOYA ONISHI, KAZUE YASUHARA and KOJI MURAKOSHI, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- Kobe Steel shares ended Tuesday's trading limit down, at 1,068 yen per share, having lost 300 yen, or 21.9%.

It was the first trading day since the materials maker announced that employees had been falsifying data regarding the company's products.

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