National Mar 24, 2018

No indictments over 2012 fatal tunnel collapse in Japan

Public prosecutors on Friday decided not to indict any of the 10 people accused of professional negligence over the collapse of an expressway tunnel that killed nine people and injured three others in Yamanashi Prefecture in December 2012. The Kofu District Public Prosecutor's Office found ...

National Sep 12, 2016

141 bridges in need of urgent safety measures, government says

A government survey has found that 141 bridges and six tunnels across Japan were in need of urgent safety measures due to risks associated with age. Safety measures such as restricting traffic or outright closure have already been taken for all of the bridges and ...

Sasago Tunnel victims urge greater focus on aging infrastructure

National Dec 2, 2015

Sasago Tunnel victims urge greater focus on aging infrastructure

Three years after the deadly collapse of a road tunnel, families of the people who died have urged greater attention to aging infrastructure nationwide. A false ceiling in a highway tunnel in Yamanashi Prefecture collapsed in December 2012, crushing vehicles. Pins holding concrete panels in ...