Construction site sinkhole swallows stretch of Nagoya sidewalk

National Dec 8, 2015

Construction site sinkhole swallows stretch of Nagoya sidewalk

A stretch of brick sidewalk in Nagoya near a construction site caved in by about 5 meters on Monday evening but there were no injuries. The Aichi Prefectural Police closed traffic around the site and launched an investigation. According to the police, the site, where about ...

National Nov 4, 2015

Building pilings scandal widens; piling worker 'apologizes' to mother

Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp., beset by a faked construction-records scandal, says a worker who fabricated data for pilings beneath a tilting condominium in Yokohama manipulated figures for at least eight other facilities nationwide. The facilities include a business hotel in Aichi Prefecture, a public ...

Editorials Oct 25, 2015

Construction data manipulation

The faulty foundation work at a Yokohama condominum underlines the need for the government to improve the verification system for construction work.

South Korea's tallest skyscraper rises in cloud of fear

Asia Pacific Mar 13, 2015

South Korea's tallest skyscraper rises in cloud of fear

At 92, the man who built South Korea's biggest retail empire is finally making his mark in the Seoul skyline as the country's tallest tower takes shape — just as public faith in corporate giants crumbles into safety fears and mistrust. Shin Kyuk-ho first envisioned ...

World Nov 21, 2014

Construction of Nicaragua interocean canal to begin Dec. 22

Construction of Nicaragua's $50 billion Interoceanic Grand Canal, expected to rival the Panama Canal, will begin Dec. 22 after feasibility studies have been approved, the committee overseeing the project said on Thursday. The route suggested for the 172-mile (278-km) canal, which would be longer, deeper ...

Editorials Apr 15, 2014

Flawed foreign labor plan

The Abe administration's sudden plan to use participants in a controversial foreign trainee program to fill manpower shortages in the nation's construction industry smacks of a ploy that benefits only Japan. The government must first consider how these workers' rights will be protected as ...