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Exclusive Kansai Electric Orders Awarded to Takahama Firm

Exclusive Kansai Electric Orders Awarded to Takahama Firm

   Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--Kansai Electric Power Co. <9503> has exclusively awarded orders for years to a construction firm closely linked to the influential late former deputy mayor of a nuclear plant host town, informed sources said Friday.
   Kansai Electric judged that placing such orders with the construction firm, Yoshida Kaihatsu, was justifiable due to special reasons under its internal rules, the sources said.
   Yoshida Kaihatsu had close connections with Eiji Moriyama, former deputy mayor of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, who died in March this year. The company is based in the town, which hosts Kansai Electric's Takahama nuclear plant.
   Kansai Electric, based in Osaka, western Japan, has said that 20 of its executives, including President Shigeki Iwane and Chairman Makoto Yagi, received a total of 320 million yen's worth of cash and goods between 2011 and 2018 from Moriyama.
   The company awarded 18 exclusive orders to Yoshida Kaihatsu between 2014 and 2017, including eight such orders placed by its Kyoto branch. The company had been asked to place orders with companies in Takahama, the sources said.

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