Flashy new site for Tokyo fish market

Central Station | 14 Sep 2018

A "cutting-edge" facility will replace the world-famous Tsukiji, which closes next month.

The new market, which officially opens on October 11, comes with "highly advanced hygiene control," pledged Tokyo mayor, Yuriko Koike.

She wants to reassure buyers and consumers that the city's new fish market, Toyosu, would be safe.

The 83-year-old market had come under fire for its old-fashioned buildings and safety standards.

Plans to relocate it have been in the works for years, and was originally scheduled to move in 2016.

But delays set back the timeline, including the discovery of soil contamination at the new location, sparking safety fears.

"Finally we're here. We can enter this (Toyosu) market with our heads held high," said Hiroyasu Ito, head of the Tsukiji market association.

Tsukiji is the world's biggest fish market and a popular tourist attraction famed for its pre-dawn tuna auctions.

At its final New Year's auction last year, one fish went for more than US$320,000 (HK$2.4 million).

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