Nov 28, 2015

Major piling firms fabricated date, 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.

Nov 6, 2015

Local governments expand piles probe

As the data falsification scandal involving Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp. continues to reverberate, municipal governments have started looking into the piling work of other firms, too. Of the nation’s prefectural governments, Gunma and Shiga have launched such probes, while four others are preparing ...

Oct 27, 2015

Employee in building piling scandal also worked on neutrino facility

An employee of the Asahi Kasei Corp. subsidiary at the heart of a data falsification scandal also handled piling work for a neutrino experimental facility in Ibaraki, the prefectural government said Tuesday. Prefectural officials will inspect the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, which was ...