Railway agency officials face bid rigging charges

Mar 4, 2014

Railway agency officials face bid rigging charges

Prosecutors plan to build a case against senior officials of a government-backed railway construction agency over alleged bid rigging in connection with projects for the Hokuriku bullet train line, sources said Tuesday. Officials of the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency are suspected ...

Feb 4, 2014

Hokuriku rail line bid-rigging spurs raids

Investigators on Tuesday raided the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency as well as two private firms over alleged bid-rigging for snow-melting equipment on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, investigative sources said. Around 30 investigators from the Tokyo prosecutor’s office and the Fair Trade ...

Dec 21, 2013

Watchdog hands out bid-fixing penalties

The Fair Trade Commission said it slapped around ¥740 million in fines on 36 companies, including one in the Tokyo Electric Power Co. group, for fixing bids related to power line construction. Tepco group firm Transmission Line Construction Co. took a leading role in ...

Dec 5, 2013

FTC to fine Kepco unit, 60 others for bid-rigging

The Fair Trade Commission has notified some 60 firms, including a subsidiary of Kansai Electric Power Co., that they will be fined for rigging bids, sources said Thursday. The FTC found that about 80 companies violated the anti-monopoly law by rigging the bids for ...

How Japanese tax-payers' money is lost in bid-rigging

| Jul 3, 2007

How Japanese tax-payers' money is lost in bid-rigging

by Reiji Yoshida

Every few years, politicians, bureaucrats and construction company bigwigs get embroiled in bid-rigging scandals — and the public’s faith in government sinks deeper. In bid-rigging, or “dango,” corporations ostensibly competing for a government contract ferret out the secret ceiling bid price. With that knowledge, ...