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Bigeye Tuna Prices Surging in Japan amid Short Supply (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)—Wholesale prices for popular frozen bigeye tuna, widely seen in supermarkets and kaiten-zushi conveyor-belt sushi restaurants in Japan, are surging amid poor catches and international fishing regulation. Wholesalers and retailers are concerned that low-priced tuna will become unavailable in the country. Bigeye tuna has long held a major presence in the price segment o…
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Koike Says Market Relocation after June 2018 (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said Monday that the relocation of the aging Tsukiji wholesale food market to the Toyosu district is unlikely to take place at least until after June 2018. "Additional decontamination work (at the Toyosu site in Kōtō) is now expected to end in early June next year and the relocation will happen after that," Koike told a meeting of the Toky…
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Tsukiji or Toyosu? Koike Opts for BothKawamoto Daigo

Last year incoming Tokyo Governor Koike put a hold on the long-planned move of the fish wholesaling hub in Tsukiji to a new home in Toyosu. This June she finally approved the move to Toyosu, but she also declared that the Tsukiji site is to be redeveloped as a food center. Will it be possible to make a success of both operations?
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Fire Breaks Out at Tsukiji Outer Market (Japan in Photos)

Smoke and flames swirl around fire crews as they battle a blaze at Tsukiji's outer market on August 3, 2017. More than 40 Tokyo Fire Department engines responded to the fire; there are no reports of injuries. (© Jiji)
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Tsukiji Redevelopment Details to Be Set after Relocation (News)

Tokyo, July 25 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said Tuesday that a detailed plan to redevelop the Tsukiji site in the capital's Chūō municipality will be produced after the aging wholesale food market there is relocated. In an interview with Jiji Press, Koike also said she gives the top priority to the relocation of the Tsukiji market to the Toyosu district in neighboring Kōtō. "Tsu…
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Koike Announces Intention to Go Ahead with Tsukiji Market Relocation (News)

Tokyo, June 20 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko on Tuesday announced her intention to carry out the planned relocation of the aging Tsukiji wholesale food market in the city of Chūō, Tokyo, to the Toyosu district in neighboring Kōtō. At a hastily called press conference at the metropolitan government building, the governor also revealed a plan to redevelop the Tsukiji site and reopen pa…
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Tokyo Eyes Market Move to Toyosu, Use of Tsukiji Site (News)

Tokyo, June 13 (Jiji Press)—The Tokyo metropolitan government is considering relocating the Tsukiji wholesale food market to the nearby Toyosu district in the capital as initially planned and utilizing the Tsukiji site after the transfer instead of selling it, informed sources said Tuesday. High levels of toxic substances have been found in groundwater at the Toyosu site in Kōtō, but the metrop…
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Benzene 79 Times Above Limit Found in Toyosu Groundwater (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)—The Tokyo metropolitan government said Saturday the ninth round of its survey on groundwater in the capital's new Toyosu wholesale food market has found levels of benzene and other toxic substances far exceeding the national environmental standards. According to the survey results, presented at a meeting of a related panel of external experts, benzene was detected at…
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To Truly Confirm Safety of Toyosu Market: Tokyo Head Koike (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko pledged Thursday to "truly confirm" the safety of the Toyosu wholesale food market through expert examination before making a decision on the issue of relocating functions of the current Tsukiji market, the biggest fish market in Japan, to the newly built market. Koike made the promise when she met with industry group leaders at the Tsukij…
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Uncertainty Grows over Tsukiji Market RelocationKawamoto Daigo

Following newly elected Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko’s decision to halt the long-planned relocation of the Tsukiji Market to Toyosu, it was discovered that a planned layer of clean soil was never added to the new facility and that groundwater at the site contains toxins beyond accepted levels. Businesses dependent on Tsukiji are in limbo as to if and when the relocation will take place.
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