‘Made in Japan’ Falls From Grace Amid Scandals, Systematic Flaws in Manufacturing Industry

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A series of industry scandals, the most recent of which saw Japan’s third largest steelmaker Kobe Steel under fire for years-long misconduct of data fabrication, have revealed systematic flaws in Japan’s manufacturing industry, raising concerns over the quality of the “Made in Japan” brand, said local analysts.

Kobe Steel said on Sunday that some of its aluminum and copper products were subjected to falsified data, and the misconduct, which could be traced back as far as