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News Summary: Japan public works showing age

Updated at: 12/04/2012 11:35 AM
By The Associated Press

TUNNEL TROUBLE: The collapse of hundreds of concrete ceiling slabs in a tunnel outside Tokyo is raising calls for more spending on Japan’s aging infrastructure, but the country might not have the money.

DEADLY DISASTER: Nine people were killed Sunday in the tunnel, a major link between the capital and central Japan that opened in 1977 at the peak of the country’s postwar road construction boom.

DIGGING DEEPER: The transport ministry ordered inspections of 49 other highway and road tunnels. Much of Japan’s transportation system may require refurbishing after years of spending cuts that starved projects of funding.

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