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Kobe Steel confronts a culture that put profit above quality

To clean house, Japanese steelmaker will tap an outsider to head the board

Kobe Steel Chairman and CEO Hiroya Kawasaki announces his resignation at a Tokyo press conference March 6.

TOKYO -- Kobe Steel is taking drastic steps to prevent a recurrence of product-data tampering, including an overhaul of its executive ranks, though reclaiming lost trust could prove a tall order after a scandal that has shattered its manufacturing reputation.

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