Toyosu Market Finally Opens in Tokyo, Succeeding Tsukiji

Politics Economy

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

The much-anticipated opening came two years later than the initial schedule due to responses 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 ended 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 after celebratory hand-clapping and applause, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said in an address to market officials and others, "Heart is being put into the new market."

She said she hopes they will transfer their "skills and discerning eye" developed through their years at Tsukiji over to the new market.

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