The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has imposed penalties on three companies for fabricating piling data in the construction of a condominium in Yokohama.
The penalties were imposed on the prime contractor, Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Corp, and its subcontractors Hitachi High-Technologies and Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, Fuji TV reported Thursday. Sumitomo Mitsui received a one-month suspension from participating in construction projects, while Hitachi High-Technologies and Asahi Kasei Construction Materials had their operations suspended for 15 days, the ministry said.
All three companies were ordered to improve their business operations.
Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Corp President Hideo Arai told a news conference Wednesday that he was very sorry that the company did not take accountability for the data fabrication.
The scandal came to light after the Yokohama condominium, built by Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, was found to be tilting last October.
Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp has since admitted that 61 of its employees had fabricated data in 360 out of 3,052 building projects since 2005.
The 360 buildings include 73 in Tokyo, 53 in Hokkaido, 36 in Kanagawa Prefecture and 31 in Saitama Prefecture. Among them are schools, medical and welfare facilities, and community centers, company officials said.
So far, only one building -- the tilted condo in Yokohama — has been found to be defective.
The ministry said it hasn't decided yet whether to file criminal charges for violation of the building standards law.© Japan Today