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Japan's lower house of parliament approves legislation to penalize officials for rigging bids

Japan's lower house of parliament approves legislation to penalize officials for rigging bids

Japan's lower house of the parliament on Thursday approved legislation to penalize government officials involved in bid-rigging of public works, officials said.
The legislation was passed at a plenary session of the parliament's more powerful lower house, according to an official of the parliament who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing protocol.
Bid-rigging, or "dango," persists in Japan, where companies and officials often determine the winners in state-ordered projects before the actual bidding.
Government officials who encouraged rigging bids or disclosed information on bidding before the process officially begins would be sentenced to up to five years in prison or fined up to 2.5 million yen (US$21,460; euro16,310). The legislation was to be sent to the upper house later in the day.
The legislation comes amid mounting calls for tougher penalties on such practices.
Earlier this month, the governor of Wakayama in western Japan was arrested over a bid-rigging scandal involving a public project.


Updated : 2021-10-28 16:42 GMT+08:00