Bad Habits of Tsukiji Market Carried over to Toyosu

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Oct. 27 (Jiji Press)--While Tokyo's Toyosu new wholesale food market has been enjoying a good turnout of shoppers and tourists since right after its opening earlier this month, rule violations by some traders have already begun to be noticed, as some had feared.

Smoking outside the designated areas, wrongful occupation of shared spaces and other bad habits that were seen at the now-defunct Tsukiji wholesale market in Tokyo's Chuo Ward have unfortunately been carried over to the successor Toyosu market in Koto Ward.

The Tokyo metropolitan government, which operates the market, plans to intensify surveillance and crackdown in cooperation with industry groups so as to remedy the situation.

Although the Toyosu market has unusually many smoking areas for a public facility, smoking on the street and littering of cigarette butts are never ending.

"I'm too busy to walk to a smoking area that is far," a worker of an intermediate wholesaler at the Toyosu market said in an apologetic tone, confessing the reason for smoking near the workplace.

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