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Mitsubishi Electric punishes 22 execs over inspection cheating scandal

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Among the 10 newly added to the penalty list, incumbent executives will have their monthly salary reduced by 20 to 30 percent for the next three months. Those who have already left will be asked to return 20 to 30 percent of their past monthly salary for the same period.

Don't get too draconian there Mitsubishi. Weren't 90 degree bows and expression of contrition enough?

Why is it that these execs, or bribed politicians or Olympic officials, treated more leniently that people who cheat on college entrance exams or steal food from a deli?

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Will be actual legal punishment as if those execs were foreigner not Japanese? Especially for something fraud that already took place?

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*Mitsubishi Electric said it will ask...some who have already retired to return part of their remuneration.*

"Ask"? What if some refuse? Asking is not how "punishments" work. You order, and then sue if compliance is not forthcoming.

"...incumbent executives will have their monthly salary reduced by 20 to 30 percent for the next three months..."

Moderate cuts over 3 months. Wow, what a devastating "punishment."

Gotta love Japan Inc.

4 ( +21 / -17 )

already retired to return part of their remuneration.

Good luck with that, I wouldn't be answering the phone. Retired, gone, bye.

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Hah. If only the rest of the world companies would face the same investigations. These days most corporations is more a dog eat dog world. You would hardly find a large company who hasn't cheated, exploited and lie their way to the top.

3 ( +17 / -14 )

The Mitsubishi group is full of scandals going back

years!

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@Hiro

Ha, if only the rest of the world companies would face the same investigations

Indeed, execs in other countries face far tougher probes and punishments involvement criminal investigations.

Boeing's chief test pilot was criminally charged last year for allegedly providing false information on the 737 Max. VW's CEO and several other execs were prosecuted in that company's emissions testing scandal. Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes has been found guilty of fraud. Sorry, list of foreign companies is too long for this space.

As for Mitsubishi, I see no mention of any criminal investigations or charges for a scandal that was systemic and goes back 35 years.

8 ( +19 / -11 )

Cheating and data falsification seem par for the course in most Japanese companies.

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JeffLee, you know those you mentioned were big news world wide with lots of details that might affect people's lives right?

I don't see any details for this case so maybe it's pretty petty cases. Just a thought.

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Cheating and data falsification seem par for the course in most Japanese companies.

I can tell you personally that is NOT the case for the Japanese company I worked for. It would go so far as to test PLCs (control switches) already certified for the market, network switches, and connection junction boxes to ensure the equipments are good for the duty cycle and purpose. Even the battery pack made by someone else for the dual energy locomotive get stress tested beyond working duty.

Contrast this with Chinese partners and it's a case of 'who cares, it's certified', rudh, rush, rush for bonuses.

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“Among the 197 cases of misconduct identified, 112 were found to be intentional, alongside 85 unintentional lapses, the panel said, adding that 62 cases involved management staff.”……So 112 crooks, and 85 idiots….

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Ghosn was thrown in jail for almost two years before his trial was even supposed to begin. Why are these crooks bowing and going home to their posh homes and golf outings on weekends?

4 ( +17 / -13 )

Penalty should be more severe depending on the seriousness of the individual cases. Dismissal should be one option.

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no jail in style of Carlos Ghosn?nazeeeeee?

of course,bowing comedy plus some cosmetic salary cuts may do so...business as usual.

and you averageTtaro san just try steal one liter of milk from combini and sure will enjoy jail time for a while...without any doubt as jail is for plebs only but for "untouchables"

-8 ( +7 / -15 )

Do these corporate clowns coordinate how long and how low they will bow before coming out for the photos?

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20%cut for 3 months for manipulation of data and safety numbers for decades…

man this really is the best country for corporate crime

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

We apologize for getting caught, and promise that won't happen again.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

A "panel of outside experts"? Not a court of law? Can someone explain this so that it doesn't sound like corruption pure and simple?

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Corruption with Japanese characteristics. No one is going to jail for this!

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So, after decades of corporate fraud they are penalized with a corporate fine. No police investigation or criminal charges. I remember a few years ago a homeless guy was jailed for a year for stealing ¥10 from a shrine donation box. Position and status are definitely protection from prosecution in Japan.

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It’s so infantile, YOU NAUGHTY BOYS. Ok don’t get caught next time.

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Wow...where is Japanese Automotive Industry heading to....

J Govt. may not have much funds to Support after (saving) Nissan's case?

It would be interesting to see the trend for past decade for the scandals.

Is it some kind of corrections in numbers to defend the upcoming target specifications for EV?

Scrapping all old data will keep the slate clean for new disruptions

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112 were found to be intentional, alongside 85 unintentional lapses

Not sure which is worse here.

The 112 scandalous cases or the 85 incompetent pencil pushers.

Either way, that's a heck of a lot of nonsense going on.

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What a joke* Among the 10 newly added to the penalty list, incumbent executives will have their monthly salary reduced by 20 to 30 percent for the next three months. *That's nothing but a "TAX BREAK"

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