The special investigation squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office has arrested a former president of Pacific Consultants International, a Tokyo-based consultancy for overseas construction projects, and three others on suspicion of bribery in connection with a project in Vietnam financed by the Japanese government’s official development assistance (ODA).

This case, however, may represent only the tip of an iceberg. Suspicions have been raised over collusive ties between Japanese companies and the politicians and officials of countries that receive ODA for infrastructure construction.

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