Four Contractors Suspected of Bid-Rigging in Maglev Projects (News)
Tokyo, Dec. 18 (Jiji Press)—Public prosecutors and trustbusters raided the head offices of major general contractors Kajima Corp. and Shimizu Corp. on Monday for alleged bid-rigging for contracts related to a large-scale project to build Japan's first magnetic levitation Shinkansen train line.
The two companies, along with two other construction giants Taisei Corp. and Ōbayashi Corp., are suspected of violating the antimonopoly law through unfair restraint of trade.
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office's special investigation squad and the Japan Fair Trade Commission also plan to search the offices of Taisei and Ōbayashi shortly, hoping to bring the whole truth to light, informed sources said.
Earlier this month, the special squad raided Ōbayashi, suspecting that the contractor committed fraudulent obstruction of business by urging other companies not to participate in biddings for projects related to the work to open the ultrahigh-speed maglev train service between Tokyo and the central Japan city of Nagoya in 2027.
After an analysis of seized documents and interviews with related officials of the contractors, the prosecutors apparently judged that Ōbayashi and the three other contractors made bid-rigging arrangements.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]