Emergency inspections of ports planned

JIJI

The infrastructure ministry plans to do emergency checks on more than 500 of the nation’s 4,000 or so port facilities as part of an antiaging project for infrastructure, officials said Saturday.

Deep-water piers and breakwaters will be subject to inspections and any problems will be fixed, the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry officials said.

Inspections and smal repairs are usually done by local municipalities on the central government’s behalf, but the ministry has found a need to inspect them directly along with other infrastructure in light of the Sasago Tunnel collapse in Yamanashi Prefecture last month.