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Japanese apartment provider finds more building defects

Leopalace21 says 14,000 tenants need to relocate

Japanese builder Leopalace21 looks to cover expenses for relocating 14,000 tenants from apartments that it constructed. (Photo by Toshiki Sasazu)

TOKYO -- Rental unit provider Leopalace21 said on Thursday that possible construction code violations were found in an additional 1,324 of its apartment buildings, affecting about 14,000 residents with potential relocation.

The company, listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's first section, uncovered additional issues with fire resistance and noise insulation in a follow-up investigation to a problem with a partition wall that surfaced in May 2018.

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