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 metropolitan government has stated its belief that the site is safe aboveground. The government has also faced calls from some industry people for an early market relocation to Toyosu.
Senior metropolitan officials will shortly hold a meeting to sort out issues that need to be resolved for using the Tsukiji site in Chūō, according to the sources.
On Tuesday, a project team set up by the metropolitan government to discuss the market relocation issue submitted to Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko a report listing two options—one for relocating the Tsukiji market to the Toyosu district and the other for renovating the current market for its continued use.
The report came after a panel of experts examining the safety of the Toyosu site compiled on Sunday a report that recommended additional pollution control measures for the location.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]