Reforming Japan's Public Works

by Derek Dylan Bell, Padeco Co., Ltd., Yamaji Sanbancho Building, 5-24, Sanbancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102, Japan,

Serial Information: Worldwide Projects, 1994, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Pg. 6-9

Document Type: Feature article


Japan's public works bidding system has traditionally been dominated by money politics and industry collusion, which has served to keep out small Japanese companies as well as foreign firms. In recent years, however, amid corruption scandals that helped bring down the Liberal Democratic government in 1993, the Japanese have come under increasing pressure, both domestic and foreign (American), to open up the system. Recognizing that change was inevitable, the Ministry of Construction studied business practices at the California Department of Transportation. The author, who was the study's project director, contrasts Caltrans and Japanese practices, and discusses the prospects for change in Japan.

Subject Headings: Political factors | Infrastructure | Bids | Industries | Imaging techniques | Government | Commercial construction | Business administration | Japan | Asia

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