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The Fair Trade Commission searched the offices of Penta-Ocean Construction Co. and Wakachiku Construction Co. on Thursday on suspicion of rigging bids for port projects in Nagasaki Prefecture, industry sources said.

The FTC also searched more than 20 local construction companies in the prefecture, suspecting that they conspired to preselect winners for competitive bids made on projects ordered by the prefectural government, the sources said.

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