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The Associated Press | December 4, 2012 12:06 PM EST | AP


TUNNEL TROUBLE: The collapse of hundreds of concrete ceiling slabs in a tunnel outside Tokyo is raising calls for more spending on Japan's aging infrastructure, but the country might not have the money.

DEADLY DISASTER: Nine people were killed Sunday in the tunnel, a major link between the capital and central Japan that opened in 1977 at the peak of the country's postwar road construction boom.

DIGGING DEEPER: The transport ministry ordered inspections of 49 other highway and road tunnels. Much of Japan's transportation system may require refurbishing after years of spending cuts that starved projects of funding.