Tokyo Governor Grilled over Tsukiji Redevelopment Plan

Politics

Tokyo, March 4 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike came under fire at a committee meeting of the metropolitan assembly on Monday over the metropolitan government's plan to redevelop the former Tsukiji market site.

Assembly members from the Liberal Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party argued that a recently announced draft of the redevelopment plan, featuring the establishment of an international convention center, is inconsistent with Koike's earlier proposal to keep some market functions at the Tsukiji site.

"We haven't necessarily changed our policy," Koike told the assembly meeting. She claimed that the proposal aimed to utilize the food culture that supported the Tsukiji brand.

The redevelopment plan is slated to be adopted later this month and implemented in stages after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. It may become an issue in the next Tokyo gubernatorial election, expected to take place shortly before the 2020 Games.

In August 2016, soon after she took office, Koike announced a postponement of the market relocation, then scheduled for November that year, from the Tsukiji area in Chuo Ward to the Toyosu district in neighboring Koto Ward, citing concerns about soil contamination in Toyosu, among other reasons.

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