The metropolitan government will spend ¥128.1 billion this fiscal year to relocate the Tsukiji fish market to the Toyosu district in Koto Ward, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said Friday.
His announcement drew an immediate outcry from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which holds a majority in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly and opposes the move to a site deemed highly toxic. The DPJ also threatened to block the budget for the move.
"I have decided to go with relocating Tsukiji market to Toyosu based on the deliberations of the assembly," Ishihara told reporters. "I will now make full efforts to relocate (the market) to Toyosu."
Ishihara said relocation would be quicker than rebuilding at the current site, as the DPJ wants. "Although the assembly has been reconsidering since April a plan to rebuild at the current location, it ended up finding it would take more than 10 years even if everything goes smoothly," he said.
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