PCI cash for Vietnam official probed by Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office (Yomiuri)

According to Yomiuri sources, a PCI (Pacific Consultants International) executive is suspected of having directly given the cash to the Vietnamese government official to secure consultancy contracts for an ODA-funded road construction project in Ho Chi Minh City around 2003. According to the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the total cost of the yen-loan ODA project to build a highway through the city was 80.6 billion yen.

The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office is investigating the alleged bribes, suspecting they constitute a violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Law, which bans the bribing of overseas public servants. The prosecutors have asked the Vietnamese judicial authorities for their cooperation in the investigation.Pacific Consultants International allegedly gave a Vietnamese government official more than 20 million yen in cash in connection with projects funded with Japanese official development assistance, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

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