Toyosu Market Finally Opens in Tokyo

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Tokyo, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--A new wholesale food market opened on Thursday in Tokyo's Toyosu bayside district, succeeding the title of "the kitchen" of the metropolitan area from the famed Tsukiji market.

The much-anticipated opening came two years later than the initial schedule due to soil contamination at the new market site in the Japanese capital's Koto Ward.

Following a four-day moving period after the Tsukiji market in neighboring Chuo Ward closed its 83-year history on Saturday, tuna auctions and other activities began at the new market from 5:30 a.m. Thursday (8:30 p.m. Wednesday).

Just before the auctions started, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said in an address to market officials and others that she hopes they will transfer their "skills and discerning eye" developed through their years at Tsukiji over to the new market.

"We hope to create a Toyosu brand that exceeds that of Tsukiji," an industry official said.

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