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Construction fees for preparation work for Henoko increase 2.5-fold from initial contract

  • 2016-02-22 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: February 20, 2016 – p. 39)

 

 The Ministry of Defense altered the contract for preparation work regarding the relocation of U.S. Marines Air Station Futenma to Henoko four times within a year after the order was first placed, and construction fees jumped 2.5-fold to 14.7 billion yen from the initial contract of 5.9 billion yen, The Asahi Shimbun recently discovered. The MOD explains that additional work to deal with protests has inflated expenses, but there are growing calls for redoing the new contract.

 

 The Okinawa Defense Bureau conducted a private tender for the preparation work in June 2014. Taisei Corporation won the contract at 5.96 billion yen. The bid ratio was 97.9%.

 

 The Asahi also learned that expenses for the main work for the relocation project also increased by more than 15 billion yen from the initial contract. The MOD projected in March 2014 that the overall relocation project is estimated to cost at least 350 billion yen, but actual costs may exceed this. (Abridged)

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