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Japanese builders snag railway orders in Southeast Asia

Overseas contracts for April-September reach 90% of fiscal 2021 total

A Sumitomo Mitsui Construction railway project in Manila. (Photo courtesy of Sumitomo Mitsui Construction)

TOKYO -- Major Japanese construction companies are winning big orders to dig tunnels and construct stations in Southeast Asia, with overseas railway contracts in the April-September half already reaching 90% of the full-year total for fiscal 2021.

The Overseas Construction Association of Japan's 51 members landed 1.06 trillion yen ($7.81 billion) in overseas construction orders for the April-September period, with the figure rising 46% on the year to mark a record for a first fiscal half.

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