Dec 12, 2015

China set to loosen stringent urban residency rules

China will loosen its stringent regulations on urban residency to allow more people to enjoy public services such as housing, education and health care beginning next year. Chinese citizens have for decades been limited in public services they can access by their household registration, ...

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 ...

City land grab sowing seeds of China's next property boom

Dec 7, 2015

City land grab sowing seeds of China's next property boom

In the Chaoyang district of northeast Beijing, a nondescript wall covered in patriotic posters protects one of the city’s most valuable treasures: a dirt field containing nothing but a few scattered trees. Last month the block sold for 3.3 billion yuan ($515 million), according ...

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 ...