Kobe steel confirms misconduct on 9 more products
Jiji -- Oct 14
Japan's Kobe Steel Ltd. said Friday that it has confirmed misconduct including data falsification on nine more products including mainstay steels, in its internal investigation following the initial revelations of data fraud cases.

The scandal, which initially involved aluminum and copper products, has spread to key products such as steel wire rods used in engines, suspensions and other automobile components and parts, despite the company chief's denial on Thursday that steel products were involved.

The products in question, including those reported earlier, are believed to have been shipped to around 500 companies, according to the steelmaker.

"We apologize that our inappropriate operations have caused great inconvenience," President Hiroya Kawasaki told his first press conference on the matter, held in Tokyo on Friday.

When he visited the industry ministry the previous day to report on the data falsification, Kawasaki told reporters that more products may have been affected by the fraud while steel products were unlikely to be among them.

主力の鉄鋼製品でも、不正の出荷があったことを明らかにしました。 神戸製鋼所・川崎博也会長兼社長:「改めておわび申し上げます。
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