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Maglev train bidding obstruction probe spreads to Shimizu, Taisei

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There've been bid rigging scandals constantly from the 70s (earlier than that in fact) on almost all the major projects in this country.

When are they take these companies down a few notches and teach them a lesson?? With real painful penalties.

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Kyodo: ”When finished, Central Japan Railway Co will operate the world's first project using superconducting magnetic levitation technology.”

Wikipedia: ”The Shanghai maglev train or Shanghai Transrapid (Chinese: 上海磁浮示范运营线) is a magnetic levitation train, or maglev line that operates in Shanghai, China. The line was the third commercially operated magnetic levitation line to open in history. Construction of the line began in March 1, 2001, and public commercial service commenced on 1 January 2004.

I understand Kyodo’s National pride - after decades of development the JPN MagLev better be the best in the world! - but let’s not twist the history. I remember more than well comparing my experiences on the Shanghai commercial with the JR Yamanashi Test ride to my Japanese friends on board. Incheon Airport Maglev - having opened on Feb 1 2016 - is still on my list of future experiences.

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Japanese business "ethics" rely on back room dealing / under the counter envelopes so this begs the question did someone forget to cross someone palm with silver?

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The usual public project 'dango taishitsu' aka 'tendency to collude', or simply just bid rigging. Either based on dividing up the contents of the juicy pork-barrel, or a secret 'me-this-time, you next time' agreement. They both have in common inflated prices, usually at the tax-payers expense.

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When are they take these companies down a few notches and teach them a lesson?? With real painful penalties.

Perhaps when politicians stop accepting brown bags & envelopes full of 10ers, then MAYBE there might be real penalties, unlikely tho me thinks.

They both have in common inflated prices, usually at the tax-payers expense.

Always at tax payers expense, ALWAYS!

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