Kobe Steel apol­o­gizes for faked in­spec­tions

The Detroit News - - Front Page - Wire re­ports

Steel maker Kobe Steel apol­o­gized Thurs­day af­ter find­ing wider problems, dat­ing back to 2011, with faked in­spec­tions data for met­als used in many prod­ucts, in­clud­ing cars, bul­let trains, air­craft and ap­pli­ances.

Kobe Steel’s pres­i­dent, Hiroya Kawasaki, bowed deeply in a for­mal apol­ogy, lament­ing that “Trust in our com­pany has dropped to zero.”

He promised a se­nior trade min­istry of­fi­cial that the com­pany, Ja­pan’s third-largest steel­maker, would pro­vide re­sults of safety in­spec­tions within two weeks and a re­port on the cause of the prob­lem within a month.

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