Why infrastructure repairs are being ignored

| Dec 12, 2015

Why infrastructure repairs are being ignored

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Several days after a storm caused the Kinugawa River to overflow its banks and destroy communities in Ibaraki Prefecture in September, the infrastructure ministry held on-site meetings to look into what went wrong. One problem was the loss of a sand embankment in the ...

Nov 18, 2015

Minister says Japan pension funds should invest in India rail

India proposed Japanese pension funds invest in rail projects in the South Asian nation as the government prepares to spend more than $140 billion over five years upgrading its outdated tracks. Indian Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said he proposed the investment by Japan’s pension ...

Heavy downpours led to fatal electrocution of 58 in infrastructure-poor Iraq

Nov 6, 2015

Heavy downpours led to fatal electrocution of 58 in infrastructure-poor Iraq

Fifty-eight Iraqis died of electrocution during heavy rains and flooding last week, the health ministry said Thursday, illustrating the dangers posed by the country’s dilapidated infrastructure. The 58 “died of electric shocks,” spokesman Ahmed al-Ridaini told AFP. The sewer system was overwhelmed by several ...

Japan to push bridges, dams as sightseeing spots

Sep 24, 2015

Japan to push bridges, dams as sightseeing spots

The land ministry will help promote sightseeing tours of public facilities with striking features, including large bridges and dams from which magnificent views can be had, officials said. The ministry will study successful cases and compile a book offering know-how for central and local ...

Sep 3, 2015

Bidders Japan, China await decision on Jakarta high-speed rail line

Indonesian ministers assigned to evaluate feasibility studies of bids by Japan and China to build the nation’s first high-speed rail line on Wednesday prepared to submit recommendations to President Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s top economic minister said. “We have already had the recommendations and we ...

Aug 28, 2015

Abe sends envoy to Jakarta in high-speed rail bid

Shinzo Abe has sent an envoy to Indonesia to offer a sweeter deal to build a high-speed railway, a Japanese Embassy official said on Thursday, highlighting the importance of the multibillion dollar project that China also wants to win. The two Asian giants are ...