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A former official of a major contractor under arrest for his alleged involvement in rigging bids for work on the Tokyo-Osaka maglev project has denied the allegations, sources said Saturday.

Takashi Okawa, former managing director of Taisei Corp., told Tokyo prosecutors after his arrest on Friday that he was “not in the environment to rig bids with other major construction companies” because the sales division he belonged to was not able to estimate working costs on its own, the sources said.

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