On May 6, Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric admitted that it committed transformer test data fraud. As a result, the company’s two quality management certifications – ISO9001 and IRIS certifications – have been suspended by international certification bodies. The transformer data fraud dates back to at least 1982 and spans 40 years. Nearly 3,400 of the transformers were sold to companies in and outside Japan, including rail companies and operating nuclear power plants. Mitsubishi Electric is currently taking corrective actions to reinstate the certifications.
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Japan is an island country in East Asia located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan comprises an archipelago of 6,852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); the country’s five main islands, from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is Japan’s capital and largest city.
Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with more than 37.4 million residents.
Japan is a great power and a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations (since 1956), the OECD, and the G7. Japan is a leader in the automotive and electronics industries.
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