UPDATE 1-Japan's Kobe Steel to name veteran Yamaguchi as president - Nikkei

(Adds details from Nikkei report, background on scandal)

March 9 (Reuters) - Japan's Kobe Steel Ltd plans to appoint its machinery business chief Mitsugu Yamaguchi as president to replace Hiroya Kawasaki, who is resigning over a quality control scandal, the Nikkei business daily reported on Friday.

The move is expected to become official at a board meeting on Friday, the report said. (http://s.nikkei.com/2FBY7pW)

Kobe, Japan's third-biggest steelmaker, said on Tuesday its chief executive Kawasaki would step down after the company admitted that its data fraud had been going on nearly five decades.

Kobe is tapping Yamaguchi, a company veteran and the head of the non-core segment that had little to do with the data falsification scandal, the Nikkei said.

Kobe declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. (Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)