Japan’s aluminum industry likely to enact quality assurance guidelines

Introducing quality assurance guidelines will be a step in the right direction for Japan’s aluminum industry as it tattles the fires of Kobe Steel’s data falsification scandal.

On Monday, Mitsuru Okada, the chairman of Japan’s aluminum industry, Japan Aluminum Association, stated the the industry is considering the creation of sector-wide quality assurance guidelines if it gets requests from member companies to do so.

The development comes in the wake of Kobe Steel Ltd being engulfed in a data fabrication and falsification scandal.

Okada made these comments at a news conference in Tokyo.

On Friday, Kobe Steel had attributed the lack of quality controls and the focus on profits as being the root cause for the widespread data tampering scandal.

The scandal at Japan’s third biggest steelmaker has had widespread ramifications on the supply chains of car and plane makers worldwide.

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