By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


Japanese earthquake scandal architect pleads guilty

The Japanese architect facing trial for falsifying data on the ability of structures he designed to withstand earthquakes has pleaded guilty, Japanese newswires are reporting.

The scandal - in which the data was faked for apartment buildings and hotels, leaving them vulnerable to even moderate tremors - outraged the public in the earthquake-prone country.

Hidetsugu Aneha, who has been stripped of his architect's license, appeared yesterday at the first hearing of his trial in the Tokyo District Court and pleaded guilty to fabricating data.

Aneha, 49, has previously admitted fabricating data for nearly 100 apartment buildings and hotels to cut costs for contractors out of fear that he would lose their business.

Many of the hotels have been forced to shut down, although some have reopened after reinforcement work.

Local governments have ordered residents of affected apartments to leave their homes and a few of the buildings are being torn down.

Aneha's wife was found dead in March, and media reports quoted police as saying it may have been suicide.

by Ed Dorrell

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters