Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Tokyo fishmongers furious over controversial relocation plan

The Tokyo municipal government has ordered the city's massive Tsukiji fish market—the world's largest—to pull up stakes and relocate. The reason? The bean counters determined it would be cheaper to build a new market on a currently vacant site than to renovate the 72-year-old market.

The fishmongers who work at Tsukiji are furious—and not just because of the disruption to their livelihoods.

What has them so upset upset about the new site, which is located about one and a half miles away, is the same reason the site has been vacant for so long in a city where land is at such a premium: The previous owners, Tokyo Gas, reported the site "contaminated by toxic spills from their plants."

Sushi, anyone?

—Mellow Monk

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