“Faked Data at Issue Again in Japan,” The Wall Street Journal, November 25, 2017 B1. Mitsubishi Materials continued to ship car, plane, and power-plant parts to 200 customers (including in the US) while factory workers were fudging quality data on rubber gaskets and copper products. As is common, they sat on the news for a while.
This follows similar stories about Kobe Steel and Nissan Motors. So much for the much-vaunted quality initiatives in Japan. These types of problems “have deep roots in Japan Inc.’s governance problems,” which rely on decentralized and largely independent operations.
If there’s a problem somewhere else in your industry, you probably have it, too; you just haven’t found it yet.