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Japanese Parliament Approves Bid-Rigging Law

Law360 (November 30, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japan continued its recent crackdown on widespread bid-rigging in the public works industry on Thursday, as the country’s lower house of parliament reportedly passed legislation to penalize government employees who participate in the illegal activity.

If the measure becomes law, officials who encourage the rigging of bids or prematurely leak information on bidding would be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fined up to $21,460 (2.5 million yen), according to the Associated Press.

The legislation will now go to the upper house of...
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