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The maker of a shinkansen undercarriage on which severe cracks were found last year offered an apology Friday over the incident, which could have caused a derailment, citing a vulnerability in its quality management system.

“We have relied too heavily on the judgment and discretion of employees at the (manufacturing) sites” in terms of quality control, Yoshinori Kanehana, president of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., said at a news conference in Kobe.

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