US military competing for contractors in Japan's booming building industry
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Military planners are looking for ways to encourage contractors to bid on billions of dollars of projects aimed at transforming U.S. bases in Japan, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy commander Maj. Gen. Anthony Funkhouser.
Engineers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, as well as Japanese government officials, met Funkhouser for a brainstorming session Friday at the home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.
“Japan is one of our largest construction programs,” he said ahead of the meeting.
The Japanese government will spend more than $20 billion and the U.S. another $2.5 billion on projects supporting the U.S. military in the country over the next decade, added Col. Thomas Verell, commander of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Japan Engineer District.
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