Tsukiji Market Transfer Affecting Fates of Nearby Bus Stops, Koban

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)--The coming relocation of Tokyo's iconic Tsukiji wholesale food market is affecting the fates of nearby bus stops that have "Tsukiji" and "shijo," or market, as part of their names, as well as of a koban police box.

According to officials of the Tokyo metropolitan government's transportation bureau, the Tsukiji-Chuo-Shijo (Tsukiji Central Market) bus stop, located within the premises of the wholesale market, will be abolished in line with its relocation and closure.

The Tsukiji-Shijo-Seimon bus stop near the market will be renamed Kokuritsu-Gan-Kenkyu-Center (National Cancer Center) on Thursday, because the Tsukiji market and its seimon, or main gate, will no longer exist, the officials said.

The Tsukiji market, located in the Japanese capital's Chuo Ward and one of the 11 central wholesale markets run by the metropolitan government, is set to end its operations on Saturday. The new Toyosu market in neighboring Koto Ward is scheduled to open on Thursday, taking over the functions of the Tsukiji market, a popular site among both Japanese and foreign tourists.

The Metropolitan Police Department's Chuo Shijo Koban police box, whose missions included helping tourists visiting the Tsukiji market, was closed on Sept. 25, ending its history of some 50 years.

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