Tsukiji fish market's relocation plan to be postponed

posted on August 30, 2016

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has decided to postpone plans to relocate the aging Tsukiji fish market to the capital's Toyosu waterfront in November, a metropolitan government source said Tuesday.

The local government will make a decision about the date of the relocation after assessing in January the result of a groundwater survey conducted in the Toyosu area, a former plant site for gas production where contaminated soil has been found.

Koike is expected to announce the decision soon.

The postponement of the plan could affect the construction of a highway connecting the central area of Tokyo with the proposed athletes village for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The decision could also result in compensation claims from businesses that were preparing for the market relocation on Nov. 7.

The metropolitan government decided in 2001 to relocate the aging Tsukiji market and has been working to clean up the soil in the Toyosu area, where a Tokyo Gas Co. plant used to operate.

source by japantimes
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