Sep 12, 2016

141 bridges in need of urgent safety measures, government says

A government survey has found that 141 bridges and six tunnels across Japan were in need of urgent safety measures due to risks associated with age. Safety measures such as restricting traffic or outright closure have already been taken for all of the bridges ...

Sasago Tunnel victims urge greater focus on aging infrastructure

Dec 2, 2015

Sasago Tunnel victims urge greater focus on aging infrastructure

Three years after the deadly collapse of a road tunnel, families of the people who died have urged greater attention to aging infrastructure nationwide. A false ceiling in a highway tunnel in Yamanashi Prefecture collapsed in December 2012, crushing vehicles. Pins holding concrete panels ...

Service marks first anniversary of tunnel collapse

Dec 2, 2013

Service marks first anniversary of tunnel collapse

Memorial rites marked the first anniversary Monday of an expressway-tunnel ceiling collapse that killed nine people and hurt two others in Yamanashi Prefecture. Relatives of the victims laid flowers just outside the 4.7-km Sasago Tunnel, where three vehicles were trapped after the concrete ceiling ...

Kin of expressway tunnel collapse victims sue operator

May 16, 2013

Kin of expressway tunnel collapse victims sue operator

A group of parents filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking ¥890 million in damages from Central Nippon Expressway Co., operator of a tunnel that collapsed in December and killed nine people. In the suit filed at the Yokohama District Court, the families of five of ...