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Kobe Steel plants have reportedly shipped substandard products to customers for 40 to 50 years.

Kobe Steel plants faked quality data for decades

Cheating 'manuals' backed systemic fraud under succession of managers

| Japan

TOKYO -- Product quality data was falsified for decades at some Kobe Steel plants in Japan, well beyond the roughly 10-year time frame given by the steelmaker, a source with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

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