A major Japanese real estate leasing company says it's found more than 1,300 of its apartment buildings nationwide don't meet government standards. It will ask almost 8,000 residents to move out to carry out repairs.
The problem is that fireproof structures and soundproofing materials in ceilings and outer walls aren't up to standard.
The discovery came last year when Leopalace21 inspected about 40,000 of its buildings prompted by the discovery that more than 200 lacked fire-resistant walls required by law.
The president, Eisei Miyama, has apologized, saying the problems were caused by trying to be more efficient at construction sites. The company says it will conduct an inquiry.