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Japan trade ministry says Kobe Steel scandal harms trust in country's manufacturing

Japan trade ministry says Kobe Steel scandal harms trust in country's manufacturing

TOKYO - Japan's trade ministry is taking the Kobe Steel data fabrication scandal as a serious matter that affects trust in the country's manufacturing industry, a senior official said on Thursday.

Akihiro Tada, director general at the manufacturing industries bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, made the comment before a meeting with Kobe Steel executives.

Kobe Steel's president, Hiroya Kawasaki, said his company would do the utmost to investigate the reason for the data fabrication and take prevention measures. REUTERS