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Japanese earthquake data scandal worsens for architect

The scandal surrounding the Japanese architect who admitted falsifying earthquake data for a swathe of buildings has ignited once again.

Architect Hidetsugu Aneha has also admitted helping to authenticate illegal building in Japan using at least two construction methods, it has emerged today.

Not only did Aneha lend his name to a building design firm for the construction of over a dozen housing complexes, but he also helped the same firm to illegally build several wooden houses.

Aneha did this to boost his income, according to investigators. He told police during questioning: 'I lent my name to gain money to cover my living expenses.'

Aneha allowed unqualified design company chief Mikio Akiba to use the architect's credentials so the design company could win key building contracts, it emerged last year.

The furore surrounding the scandal worsened in March when Aneha's wife committed suicide by throwing herself to her death from a housing complex near the family home.

Aneha is facing criminal charges for falsifying quake-resistance data for at least 82 buildings.

by Rob Sharp

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