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Kobe Steel has received a request from U.S. legal authorities for information related to the steelmaker's falsification of data on various products. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

US Justice Department seeks documents on Kobe Steel scandal

Automakers GM and Ford are looking into the effects of the data doctoring

| Japan

TOKYO -- As new revelations showed routine misreporting of quality data at Kobe Steel, the Japanese group said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice had asked it to provide technical documents on certain products sold in the U.S. through its subsidiaries.

The major Japanese steelmaker has admitted that it falsified inspection data on a wide range of products, including aluminum and copper materials. The scandal has had ripple effects on industries around the world. General Motors and Ford Motor of the U.S. are reportedly looking into the impact of the falsified data on their cars.

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