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Are tuna carousels and spinning matcha cups the future of Tokyo’s beloved Tsukiji Fish Market?

The fate of the famed Tsukiji market took another turn Tuesday, as the capital’s governor Yuriko Koike announced she may scrap plans to close down and sell the original site.

Instead, the 82-year-old fish market in central Tokyo may be redeveloped and reopened as a food theme park within the next five years.

The world well known Tokyo Tsukiji fish market held its final first auction of the year Tuesday morning before its relocation scheduled for late 2016.  The owner of a chain of sushi restaurant, Kiyoshi Kimura won the year?s first bit and paid 14 million yen ($117,000) for a 200 kilogram Bluefin tuna which is about 10 million yen higher than previous year.  The tuna was caught off Oma, Aomori prefecture, in northern Japan.  Kimura, president of Kimura Co.has won the year?s first bit for the fifth consecutive year. He holds a record high bidding price with 154.4 million yen for a 222 kilogram Bluefin tuna in 2013.  Tsukiji fish market, one of the biggest fish market in the world was 80 years old, built in 1935. The tuna auctions there have become a popular tourist attraction in recent years.  Kimura told reporters ?It is great tuna, splendid quality? ?Thinking of this first new year auction would be the last one at Tsukiji fish market, I feel it is significant? ?I would like our customers enjoy eating as many as possible?
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Koike also confirmed that the government will carry on with the relocation plan – the main wholesale market will be moved to the planned Toyosu site on the outskirts of town.

“I have concluded that using both sites would be the wisest decision,” Koike said in a news conference, citing a responsibility to promote and protect the world-class Tsukiji brand as a reason behind the decision.

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The new market will be situated on the outskirts of Tokyo.

The popular Tsukiji market was originally scheduled to move into a newly renovated facility in Toyosu last November.

Koike halted the plan last August after safety concerns were raised over levels of toxic substances in soil and groundwater at the new site, which was formerly home to a gas plant.

However, neither a concrete date for the move or a plan for the food theme park were provided by the governor on Tuesday.

More than 70% of Tsukiji fish wholesalers still opposed the relocation plan, according to the Japan Times.

In addition to being the world’s largest fish and seafood wholesale market, Tsukiji’s bustling tuna auctions and fresh dining options have made the market one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo.

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