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Four Japanese maglev contractors indicted over bid-fixing

Pressure from client to keep costs low seen as a reason for collusion

The maglev link between Tokyo and Nagoya is expected to be operational in 2027.

TOKYO -- Japanese prosecutors lodged antitrust indictments Friday against the "big four" general contractors involved in what is turning out to be a complicated case of bid-rigging over a planned magnetic levitation rail line.

Investigators say Kajima and Taisei colluded with Obayashi and Shimizu before submitting bids to build stations along the Linear Chuo Shinkansen, a high-speed magnetic levitation link that will eventually connect Tokyo with Osaka.

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