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Scandal Plagued Mitsubishi Electric Chairman Resigns

The Chairman of scandal plagued Mitsubishi Electric the manufacturer of trains, air conditioning and appliances in Australia has finally quit ahead of a new report on the operations of the Japanese Company who fudged inspection reports for air conditioners.

Chairman Masaki Sakuyama resigned late on Friday following a number of scandals over quality control.

The Company that has been selling products in Australia for several decades and is a major supplier of train components to the NSW Government, as well as fridges and air conditioning systems to Harvey Norman.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia also parted Company with The Good Guys recently, the retailer is currently discounting out stock to clear inventory of Mitsubishi air conditioners.

The Company claims that Masaki, takes responsibility for the actions of the company’s president from 2014 to 2018.

The Japanese business is currently being investigated for faking quality inspections of their air conditioners.

According to Niki Asia the Japanese business falsified inspection data for some of their air-conditioning equipment over several years.

Cheating by the Company is suspected of going back to the 1980s.

Sakuyama will assume a new role as a senior advisor to the company while also still being paid by the Company whose management has been described as being “rotten” after it was claimed that senior executives knew of the cover ups but did nothing as it would have cost the business to invest in new technology.

Former president Takeshi Sugiyama resigned in July over news that inspection results for train equipment had been faked as far back as the 1980s.

Mitsubishi Electric also said Sakuyama, who in June became vice chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, the country’s largest business lobby, also resigned that post.

Sakuyama had previously stated he would refrain from carrying out his duties for the lobby until results of investigations into the Mitsubishi scandals were released.

But he remained chairman of the embattled company.

In July, Sakuyama resigned as an outside director of East Japan Railway, a position he had held since 2020.

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