Another condominium complex in Tokyo has been found to be defective because its quake-resistance data were fabricated by Hidetsugu Aneha, the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry said Thursday.
This brought the number of buildings whose quake-resistance data were fabricated by the disgraced architect to 98 structures in 18 prefectures, including Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka.
The ministry did not name the condo but said it was in Ota Ward.
At the land ministry’s request, local governments since November have looked into 205 buildings whose quake-resistance data were compiled by Aneha.
The ministry’s first announcement about falsified building data came Nov. 17, when it said it suspected one hotel and 20 condominium complexes in Tokyo, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures lacked the structural strength to resist major temblors despite building data that said they did.
Of the 205 buildings checked, quake-resistance data were found to have been fabricated at 98 and 91 were found to be structurally sound, ministry officials said. There was one case of a design error that led to a weak building. The remaining 15 were planned projects that were canceled.
Separate from the 205 cases, the officials said, the ministry sought probes into 18 other buildings whose data were compiled by Aneha and constructed by Fujita Corp., a midsize general contractor. Many of the weak buildings were built by the now-bankrupt Kimura Construction Co. and designed by subsidiary Heisei Sekkei design office.
The now-bankrupt Huser Ltd. of Tokyo developed and sold many substandard condos, and General Consultant Management, a Tokyo-based consulting firm for hotel construction and operations, has been involved in building and managing budget hotels that were approved with false data.
Aneha, 48, was stripped of his architect’s license Dec. 8. On Tuesday, his 49-year-old wife was found dead in Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, in a suspected suicide.
The scam has forced the closure of several hotels and condo high-rises, whose occupants had to vacate. There have been no arrests.
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