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Kobe Steel doubles spending on safeguards against another scandal

Investment in automation and new equipment expected to also boost productivity

Kobe Steel will automate processes to prevent data manipulation.

TOKYO -- Kobe Steel will invest 20 billion yen ($187 million) in such technologies as automated data entry by fiscal 2020, aiming to prevent a recurrence of the quality control failures that resulted in subpar material being sent to more than 600 companies.

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