>> The Japanese company responsible for making earthquake shock absorbers that may not have met safety standards, met a warring admission on Friday. KYB said that their product may have been used in at least 70 buildings. And as many as 1,000 in total could be affected. One building is the Transport Ministry, where the news conference itself was being held.
>> It is extremely regrettable that the company produced its quake shock absorbers by falsifying data. Which has brought deep concern to building owners and users as well as weakening public trust about safety.>> KYB admitted that it had forged the quality reports on some of its products since at least 2003.
A pretty risky move considering Japan is one of the most earthquake prone nations in the world. Local media reports that other buildings including Tokyo's main train station, as well as a major tourist site, may also have used the questionable products. This isn't the first time Japan has been hit with a scandal to do with earthquake safety.
In 2005, it was discovered that an architect had falsified quake safety data for nearly 100 apartments and hotels he had designed, sparking widespread outrage.