Koike Announces Intention to Go Ahead with Tsukiji Market Relocation (News)
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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 part of it as a new market in five years.
Koike said the metropolitan government will develop the Toyosu market as a new logistics hub with improved functions.
The announcement came some 10 months after Koike, who was elected in July last year, decided to postpone the market relocation, originally slated for November 2016, due partly to safety concerns at the Toyosu site.
Koike has been criticized for lacking the ability to make decisions by the Liberal Democratic Party, which is set to vie with Tomin First no Kai (the "Tokyoites first group"), a regional party led by the governor, in the July 2 Tokyo metropolitan assembly election.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]