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Japan’s Mitsubishi exposes the fraud scandal again, forged documents!what’s wrong with made in japan

Japan’s manufacturing industry fell to the altar? Mitsubishi Electric exposed a fraud scandal!

According to CCTV news, Japan Broadcasting Association TV reported on the 15th that Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric said on the same day that the company had exported a large number of auto parts to European car companies that did not meet local regulations, and also forged relevant documents for up to three years.

(Screenshot from CCTV News)

According to a statement issued by Mitsubishi Electric on the same day, during the three-year period from June 2017 to October this year, the company exported a large number of non-compliant car audio parts to European car companies, with a quantity of more than 335,000 pieces.

The report pointed out that Europe has implemented new regulations for radio equipment since June 2017, and these parts of Mitsubishi Electric did not meet the new regulations, so they are non-compliant products.

However, in order to meet the new regulations, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation not only concealed the product compliance, but also forged relevant documents. When the local agency inspected the product, Mitsubishi Electric used the modified product to pass the test, creating the illusion that the entire batch of products met the standard.

Mitsubishi Electric apologized on the same day, and said it would conduct further investigations into the matter and take serious action against the employees involved.

In fact, this is not the first time Mitsubishi Electric has “fake”. Japanese media broke the news in November 2018 that “TOKAN”, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric, produced products for railways, vehicles, home appliances, etc., and distributed them to customers without inspection, and this situation continued for ten years.

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Japan was originally a major consumer market for international motors, accounting for a quarter of the world’s share. Among them, Mitsubishi Electric is Japan’s third largest comprehensive motor manufacturer and one of the world’s top five optoelectronic product manufacturers. As a leading company in Japan’s electrical machinery, Mitsubishi Electric’s counterfeiting will undoubtedly directly damage the image of the Japanese electrical machinery industry.

Made in Japan fell to the altar?Are there opportunities for Chinese companies

For a long time, people give thumbs up when it comes to manufacturing in Japan, and its high-quality products and good reputation are world-renowned. However, in recent years, there have been frequent occurrences of product fraud, financial fraud, and data fraud in Japanese companies, and scandals have continued. “Made in Japan” is falling from the altar.

In the industrial field, on November 24, 2017, “Mitsubishi Electric Wire Industries” and “Ryoshin Copper Co., Ltd.” under the Mitsubishi Group of Japan falsified millions of product data in the past 2 years and 1 year respectively, while Most of the companies that purchased these products were from the aircraft and car industries, with 229 and 29 companies respectively, including Boeing in the United States and Airbus in Europe. At a news conference, Mitsubishi Materials managing director Akira Takeuchi and other executives bowed in apology.

In 2017, Japan’s third largest steel manufacturer, Kobe Steel Works (KOBELCO), admitted to tampering with the quality inspection data of some copper and aluminum products, and supplied shoddy products to customers. Kobe Kawasaki, president of Kobe Steel, bowed and apologized, saying: “I am deeply sorry for worrying customers and consumers.”

In the field of automobile manufacturing, in April 2016, Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors admitted fuel consumption fraud; less than a month later, Japan’s Suzuki Motor also admitted data fraud; In April 2016, the test data was tampered with, and it filed for bankruptcy in June this year; in April 2016, Mitsubishi Motors admitted that it had taken illegal operations in order to beautify the emission level in the fuel efficiency test of 4 vehicles, involving more than 600,000 vehicles.

In the field of home appliances, home appliance giant Toshiba Group falsely reported profits of 151.8 billion yen in five years, and its three presidents were suspected of financial fraud; in 2011, Olympus, a manufacturer of medical equipment and digital cameras, was exposed to financial fraud, admitting that it had been using financial fraud for the past 20 years. Fake accounts cover up investment losses totaling hundreds of billions of yen.

The fraud scandals in the Japanese manufacturing industry over the years have caused many once famous Japanese companies to gradually fade out of people’s field of vision, and the halo of Japanese manufacturing has gradually faded from its original glory.

As a neighbor of Japan, Japan was once ridiculed by the Japanese media that “even a single SLR camera can’t handle” China. Finally today, it has gradually realized the transformation from a “manufacturing power” to a “manufacturing power”. After repeated efforts to innovate, it has achieved great accumulation in aviation, high-speed rail, mobile phones, computers, etc.!

In the topic of “2020 China’s hard-core breakthrough in science and technology” that has been widely rumored in China recently, the quantum computing prototype “Nine Chapters”, a new generation of “artificial sun”, “Hualong No. 1”, “Beidou No. 3”, and a new generation of manned spacecraft are tested. Ship testing… Many cutting-edge technologies all demonstrate the progress of domestic high-end manufacturing and modern science.

But what the author wants to express is that the level of a country’s manufacturing industry cannot only be seen in high-end fields, even though my country has achieved breakthroughs in many fields and is at the forefront of the world. However, in view of a series of recent hot events, semiconductor manufacturing, as an important part of basic manufacturing, is not ideal at present.

The reason for this can be seen from the industry’s reaction to the fact that SMIC was included in the “entity list” by the United States in the past few days. SMIC is the largest chip manufacturer in China, and its production capacity is the lifeblood of the domestic semiconductor industry. Recently, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that 59 Chinese entities, including SMIC and DJI, would be included in the so-called “entity list” for export control. The pretext is that these entities are engaged in so-called “actions contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

SMIC expressed firm opposition to this response, and reiterated that since its establishment, the company has always adhered to the principle of compliant operation, strictly abided by the laws and regulations of relevant countries and regions involved in production and operation activities, and has never had any operations involving military applications. Behavior.

According to the company’s preliminary assessment, the matter has no material adverse impact on the company’s operation and financial status in the short term, but has a material adverse impact on the research and development and production capacity construction of advanced processes of 10nm and below. The company will continue to communicate with relevant U.S. government departments, and take all feasible measures as the case may be, actively seek solutions, and strive to minimize adverse effects.

As we all know, although semiconductor manufacturing is not as dazzling as the halo of various high-end cutting-edge technologies, it is the most important and indispensable part. It seems that Japanese manufacturing “looks” impossible, but in terms of the semiconductor industry, there are still a large number of well-known manufacturers such as Toshiba, Panasonic, Sony, Hitachi, Epson, Sharp, Fujitsu, Nikon, Canon, Nippon Electronics, Murata, Omron and so on. “Made in China” may not be empty talk to catch up with “Made in Japan”, but there is a huge gap in the semiconductor field. I don’t know how long it will take to catch up?