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Prefecture targets companies to pay in bid-rigging schemes

Date Posted: 2009-03-19

Tired of waiting for companies owing money from bid-rigging cases, Okinawa Prefecture has targeted 170 construction companies it wants immediate payment from.

The Prefecture has identified the 170 companies who’ve already been found legally liable for repaying ¥10 billion the government was bilked out of over the past eight years when work paid for was not performed. The Prefecture this week said it has made its decisions, identified the companies, and after three years of asking for the money, now will send out invoices.

There are currently 94 construction companies negotiating with Okinawa prefecture, pleading with the government to reduce the amount owed. The Naha Summary Court is being asked to mediate damages. The Prefecture is asking companies to pay back 10% of construction money awarded during the April 2002~June 2005 time frame. It plans to assess a 3-5% penalty on companies that miss the payment deadline.

The payment demand isn’t new. Okinawa Prefecture published the requirements in February 2008. The process has been slowed by both the Prefecture Assembly’s involvement, as well as civil mediation undertaken by vendors. The Naha Summary Court is proposing that people owing the 10% could get a reduction to 5% if they act immediately.

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