Tokyo Gov. Wants Toyosu to Become Center of Food Culture

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said Thursday she hopes the new wholesale food market in the Toyosu district of Tokyo's Koto Ward will become a "center" of food culture.

The Tokyo metropolitan government will open the Toyosu market, which will succeed the iconic but aging Tsukiji market in Chuo Ward, on Oct. 11.

"We hope to nurture (the Toyosu market) into a new center showcasing food culture that will bring vibrancy to the local community," Koike told a ceremony to celebrate the launch of the new market, held at the Toyosu site.

The new market, featuring cutting-edge equipment, sits on an area of 400,000 square meters, 1.7 times that of the Tsukiji market. It will be the largest central wholesale market that handles fishery products in Japan.

While the Tsukiji market had many hygiene problems as it is not enclosed by walls, the Toyosu market is not exposed to outdoor air, making it easier to manage temperatures for refrigerated and frozen products.

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