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 Tokyo metropolitan assembly.
The Tokyo metropolitan government previously said that the relocation would take place sometime between spring and autumn next year.
The comments by Koike mean that the metropolitan government gave up plans to relocate the site next spring. The relocation is now expected to happen around autumn next year, sources familiar with the situation said.
The metropolitan government submitted a supplementary budget plan to the assembly on Monday, which includes ¥5.5 billion of costs related to the market relocation such as those for the additional decontamination work.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]