Jul 8, 2016

Woman killed as house is demolished in China land dispute

A man dug his dead mother from the ruins of her house in China after it was forcibly demolished, media said Friday, in the country’s latest apparently deadly land dispute. The remains of Gong Xuehui, 60, were found under the rubble Thursday following the ...

Dec 26, 2015

Perils of a slow-shaking quake

A new study finds that a long-lasting mega-quake in the Nankai Trough off Japan could imperil high-rise buildings hundreds of kilometers away.

Dec 12, 2015

Association says piling data fraud uncovered at two more companies

Piling data manipulation has been found at two more companies in Japan, with the total number of such firms rising to nine, the Concrete Pile Installation Technology Association said Friday. Excluding Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp., eight of the nine firms fabricated data on ...

Nov 28, 2015

Major piling firms fabricated data, industry group says

Six Japanese piling firms, in addition to Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp., fabricated data in 22 building projects in the last five years, an industry group reported on Friday. The six firms — including the industry’s two largest, Mitani Sekisan Co. and Japan Pile ...

Prime contractor for tilting Yokohama condo makes first public apology

Nov 12, 2015

Prime contractor for tilting Yokohama condo makes first public apology

The vice president of Sumitomo Mitsui Construction, the prime contractor for the tilting condominium building in Yokohama, has apologized over the incident — the first such acknowledgment of regret by the company since the scandal broke mid-October. “We deeply apologize for causing troubles and ...

Nov 11, 2015

Piling scandal needs deep probe

The probe into the piling data scandal mustn't end with individual companies and workers; instead it should dig deep into the very foundation of the construction industry and get at the real root of the problem.