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Japan standards inspectors search Kobe Steel over faked data

Japan's industrial standards agency searched offices of metals maker Kobe Steel on Friday as investigations into falsified data on its products widened.

Company officials told reporters that Japan Quality Assurance inspectors were conducting investigations at a copper plant in Hadano, outside Tokyo.

The investigations by regulators and by automakers, aircraft manufacturers and other customers of Kobe Steel followed the company's disclosure earlier this month that inspections data on a slew of products was faked or manipulated.

The admissions of misconduct by Kobe Steel and other manufacturers are raising worries over the impact on Japan's image as a top quality...