Hoping to prevent scandals like the recent furor over falsified structural-strength reports, the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry plans to impose new criminal penalties on architects who fabricate data even before construction begins, ministry sources said Wednesday.

The current law governing registered architects has no criminal provisions against those who falsify earthquake resistance and other data if the building has yet to be built.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.