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Seven cities have placed maintenance orders for waste facilities with four major machinery makers even though they have been excluded from public tenders for alleged bid-rigging activities, informed sources said Saturday.

Municipal officials in Saitama, Yokohama, Shizuoka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka said they have to use the firms to repair the facilities as they were produced using the companies’ special technologies.

The companies — JFE Engineering Corp., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Hitachi Zosen Corp. — were indicted along with 22 other companies last June for alleged involvement in rigging bids for bridge construction projects. The total value of the maintenance work in the seven cities amounts to 1.95 billion yen.

Fukuoka excluded JFE Engineering from its tenders from last May to February but contracted with the company in August to refurbish the incinerator at a cost of 268 million yen.

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