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The Defense Agency and defense policymakers in the Liberal Democratic Party hope to take advantage of the bid-rigging scandal at the Defense Facilities Administration Agency to achieve their goal of elevating the Defense Agency to a ministry.

Defense Agency Director General Fukushiro Nukaga said Wednesday on a TV program that he will integrate the facilities administration agency, now a separate unit of the Defense Agency, into the agency to prevent any more bid-rigging, although he did not specify how the long-running illegal acts themselves would be halted.

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