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Road pavers to be fined for repeated bid-rigging

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Fair Trade Commission plans to order nine major road pavers to pay some ¥800 million in fines in total for allegedly repeating bid-rigging for paving projects ordered by the operator of Narita International Airport near Tokyo and others, Jiji Press learned Thursday.

The FTC has notified the nine companies of its plan to impose the fines, informed sources said.

The nine companies suspected of breaching the antimonopoly law include Nippo Corp., Nippon Road Co., Maeda Road Construction Co., Kajima Road Co., Taisei Rotec Corp., Obayashi Road Corp., Toa Road Corp. and Seikitokyu Kogyo Co., the sources said.

According to the sources, the nine are suspected of holding prior talks to preselect winners in bidding for paving projects at Narita Airport and a container yard at a port in Tokyo, and for roads managed by the Tokyo metropolitan government.

In August 2016, the FTC conducted on-site inspections of the nine companies and six other firms over the suspected bid-rigging.

In 2016, many of the nine firms were ordered by the FTC to pay fines or given cease-and-desist orders for their involvement in bid-rigging for projects to repair expressways damaged by the March 2011 powerful earthquake in the Tohoku region or the Kanto region.Speech

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