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The River Improvement Project and construction irregularities under the Japanese Rule

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2015, (118), pp.309-354
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Choi, Byung Taek 1

1공주교육대학교

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ABSTRACT

In the 1920s, Concentrated heavy rain has caused flooding in many areas. This led Chosun Government-general to attempt to carry out a plan of River improvement project. That policy brought windfall profits to Japanese contract brokers. Chosun Government-general awarded lots of bid for construction works. Japanese contract brokers had formed a cartel to monopolized all the information and construction contract revenue from these construction works. Japanese officials were bribed to overlook contract brokers’ manipulation of the regulations. This problem could lead to faulty works. At that time, Faulty workmanship and the problem of wage theft were widespread across the country. To tackle this problem, Japanese authority arrested contract brokers ansd charged them with contract bid-rigging. With this as a momentum, Japanese police investigated the problems of shoddy construction. But these problems were deep structural issues. No matter what the police tried, they couldn't get rid of the problem of fraudulent construction. Thus, irregularities and corruption were rampant under the Japanese Rule. Unless these corruption be stamped out, many developments of korean society would be stymied. koreans should resolve this problem after liberation from Japanese rule.

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