Toyosu Market Struggling to Attract Tuna Auction Viewers

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Tokyo, Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Toyosu wholesale market in Tokyo's Koto Ward has been struggling to attract visitors to watch tuna auctions although a designated area was opened about a month ago.

The now-defunct Tsukiji market had been flooded with viewers of tuna auctions, a hugely popular event for visitors from both at home and abroad.

But their popularity has remained slow at Toyosu, partly due to a change in the method to solicit viewers, causing a headache for officials in charge at the Tokyo metropolitan government, the operator of the market.

The Toyosu market opened in October last year to take over the Tsukiji market in Chuo Ward in the Japanese capital.

At the Tsukiji market, visitors were allowed to view tuna auctions in order of arrival, without needing to make prior applications or reservations. Therefore, visitors, including foreigners, lined up for hours until the start of tuna auctions.

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