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President of Japanese Firm Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Apologizes in Data Fabrication Case

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Published on : Nov 09, 2015

President of the Japanese construction company Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp., currently at the forefront of a rapidly widening scandal regarding falsifying data about the data manipulation scandal in the construction projects, has apologized the governor of Hokkaido, Harumi Takahashi on Sunday.

During a meeting at the Prefectural Government offices in Hokkaido, Tomihiro Maeda, Asahi Kasei Corp.’s head, stated that he apologizes from the bottom of his heart for causing a lot of trouble. He added that the incident is extremely regrettable and should have never taken place.

The incident refers to the company piling work on more than 3000 construction projects that took place over the past decade across Japan. Asahi Kasei Construction Materials is a subordinate of the Japanese construction company Asahi Kasei. It completed 422 construction projects in Hokkaido since the year 2005. So far, 10 data manipulation cases have been found in the company’s operations on these projects.

In the meeting with Hokkaido governor, Tomihiro Maeda also apologized to the people of Hokkaido for causing anxiety and promised that any problems found in the construction projects will be fixed.

Data manipulation has been found in 300 projects and 10 employees across the country have been found guilty. The company is checking for any more cases of data fabrication at the 3,040 projects built by Asahi Kasei Construction Materials Corp after 2007.

The company will give a detailed report about how many buildings have been affected across the country to country’s Ministry of Transport, Tourism, Land and Infrastructure on Friday.

If cases of data manipulation are found to be widespread throughout the construction industry of the country, public concerns regarding buildings and condos are likely to further rise.

It is expected that the land ministry will first investigate the Yokohama building project thoroughly first. Afterwards, it will be decided by a panel of experts if a need for widening the investigation was there.

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