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Tokyo governor takes both sides on Tsukiji relocation

Fish market's old site to become 'food theme park'

Tokyo's historic Tsukiji market is showing its age.

TOKYO -- The governor's new plan to both relocate Tokyo's famed Tsukiji wholesale market and redevelop the existing site into a food "wonderland" chases two seemingly contradictory objectives -- at a potentially draining financial cost.

Gov. Yuriko Koike told a news conference Tuesday that she had given the go-ahead for the market to be moved to the nearby Toyosu waterfront, after putting the relocation on pause last year for further study. The old site will be remade into a combined market and "food theme park" that will capitalize on the brand power and unique appeal of the Tsukiji area, she said.

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