(Updates with Kobe Steel statement in paragraph 2)
TOKYO, 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.
Kobe Steel said in a statement the media report was not based on a company announcement and it would decide on a new president at a board meeting on Friday.
Japan's third-biggest steelmaker said on Tuesday that Kawasaki would step down after the company admitted to five decades of data fraud.
Yamaguchi is a company veteran who had little to do with the data falsification, the Nikkei said. (Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru, Kaori Kaneko in Tokyo Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Stephen Coates)