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Employee in building piling scandal also worked on neutrino facility

Kyodo

An employee of the Asahi Kasei Corp. subsidiary at the heart of a data falsification scandal also handled piling work for a neutrino experimental facility in Ibaraki, the prefectural government said Tuesday.

Prefectural officials will inspect the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, which was built in the village of Tokai to carry out research using the world’s highest intensity neutrino beam. Neutrinos are among the basic building blocks of the universe.

The piling work conducted by Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp. between 2005 and 2006 was ordered by the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture.

An official of the organization said the Asahi Kasei unit and subcontractors for the piling work had yet to reply to its inquiries.

The Asahi Kasei subsidiary employee fabricated data for a condominium building in Yokohama that has developed a tilt because several underground support piles failed to reach solid ground. He was in charge of piling work management for 41 projects over the past decade.

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