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Turkey serves lesson for Japan's infrastructure export drive

IHI, others lost to cheaper South Korean proposal on Dardanelles bridge

The South Korean and Turkish ministers hold up the signed contracts for the bridge project.  

ANKARA -- Though Japan is working to boost infrastructure exports by focusing on its technological prowess, its failure to score a major bridge-building contract in Turkey shows how costs and other considerations can take precedence.

Turkey signed an agreement Thursday with a South Korean-Turkish consortium for the construction of what will be the world's longest suspension bridge, a project many bidders, including Japanese and Chinese ones, had hoped to win.

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