Mit­subishi boss to re­sign over scan­dal

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Mit­subishi Mo­tors Corp Pres­i­dent Tet­suro Aikawa said he will step down to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the mileage cheat­ing scan­dal un­fold­ing at the Ja­panese au­tomaker. Aikawa has de­nied per­sonal in­volve­ment in wrong­do­ing, but it is com­mon for ex­ec­u­tives at ma­jor Ja­panese com­pa­nies to re­sign to show re­morse. His res­ig­na­tion is ex­pected to be­come fi­nal on June 24, upon share­hold­ers’ ap­proval. A suc­ces­sor was not an­nounced. But un­der a deal with Nis­san Mo­tor Co, which is ac­quir­ing a 34 per cent stake in Mit­subishi, Nis­san has been promised a ma­jor role in lead­ing Mit­subishi. Mit­subishi re­it­er­ated as part of its lat­est find­ings that top man­age­ment had not or­dered the mileage scam, but em­ploy­ees had been un­der tremen­dous pres­sure to get bet­ter mileage. Nis­san found the faked mileage tests be­cause of a dis­crep­ancy with its own tests on Mit­subishi-man­u­fac­tured minicar mod­els that had been sold un­der the Nis­san brand. Mit­subishi says rig­ging goes back 25 years, and may in­volve all mod­els sold in Ja­pan.

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