MLIT Failed Public Works Tenders Continue to Drop

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) published new statistics on the public works contracts the Ministry concluded in 2015.  Each year, MLIT compiles data regarding tenders for construction of public works and construction related consulting and design work conducted by organizations it directly supervises.

MLIT implements Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) method in own project for first time

The Daily Engineering & Construction News website reports that the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) will implement the ECI method for the first time in one of its own projects.

TMG Construction Recycling Plan Renewed ahead of Olympics

Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) published a renewed version of its ‘Construction Recycling Promotion Plan’ (Toukyoutou kensetsu resaikuru suishin keikaku) this month, reports Kankyou Business Online. The Plan is to promote further efforts by all actors in the c

20% of public works tenders unsuccessful in Fukushima Prefecture

Fukushima Minpo News reported on June 27 that for the third year in a row more than 20% of construction tenders (larger than 2.5 million yen) in Fukushima are unsuccessful. A report compiled by the prefecture, states that for the first time since the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, more than 70% of these tenders were unsuccessful due to the complete absences of tenderers.  With recovery-projects at its peak, the shortage of construction workers and technicians is worsening.

About Construction

The outlook of the Japanese construction sectors is brighter than it has been for years.

Stones & Tiles

Demand for building stone in Japan is influenced by peaks and troughs in the construction industry. Stricter building standards have reduced the number of new builds and, as a result, imports of building stone are down.


Since the 1990s and the end of Japan’s bubble economy, Tokyo’s architectural trends followed the new “low-growth” economic paradigm, drifting away from postmodernism towards a different perception of modernity.

Eco Construction

Japanese houses are mostly new and largely designed to only last for roughly 30 years. Culturally, the land is seen as more important than the house on it.

Ceramic & Glass

Japan’s traditional craft industries, ceramic and glass-making, have recently found new applications in the automotive and aerospace sectors as well as in the production of technological devices.

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