Tsukiji Restaurants Fear Rat Invasion after Market Demolition

Society

Tokyo, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)--Restaurants near Tokyo's Tsukiji market are concerned about a possible rat invasion after the demolition of the iconic wholesale food market, to be closed Saturday for relocation to the Toyosu district.

While authorities are attempting to get rid of the rats in the market in Chuo Ward, an expert believes that their efforts will have limited results.

It is not known how many rats are in the market. Tatsuo Yabe, the 77-year-old head of a consultation group for exterminating rats, said there should be nearly 10,000 of them, given the size of the market and abundance of food there.

Restaurants in the so-called outer market, the popular shopping area next to the Tsukiji market, especially fear brown rats, which can spread infectious diseases and food poisoning. The outer section will stay on after the market's relocation.

In the current fiscal year, the Tokyo metropolitan government spent 35 million yen to get rid of the rats in the market, deploying 40,000 adhesive rat traps and rodenticides.

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