Asahi reported that a final report by outside lawyers into factory faked inspection data by Japan Steel Works turned up 20 fresh cases of subpar equipment delivered to nuclear power plants. A special investigation committee that carried out the investigation found the company had faked and fabricated data on other products as well. JSW is a world giant in manufacturing cast and forged steel. The report followed revelations that the company’s Muroran factory in Muroran in Hokkaido faked inspection data on components shipped to electric power plants for nearly a quarter of a century. A total of 449 faked inspection data cases have been confirmed to date.A whistle-blower exposed the company’s illicit activities in February this year. In May, when the company initially admitted faking inspection data, the cases only involved products related to turbines used at electrical power plants. According to the investigation and admissions by the company, the illicit activities began around 1998. When a product that failed to meet exacting standards was found during an inspection, the factory’s product department instructed the inspection department to alter the inspection results or change the measuring method.The company’s Muroran factory is currently operated by a subsidiary firm, which was established in April 2020. The factory manufactures cast steel products and forged steel products.