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Tokyo to turn old Tsukiji market into conference center

Hopes to climb to top-3 cities worldwide for holding international events

Tuna fish on display at Tsukiji. The wholesale market, since closed, was a popular destination for tourists in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Tokyo municipal government has finalized plans to build a conference center and exhibition space at the site of the old Tsukiji wholesale fish market, turning a fresh page for the popular landmark after the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The goal is to utilize the roughly 23-hectare plot of Tsukiji, which was the world's largest fish market, in a way to enhance Tokyo's competitivness as an international city. Japan's capital is said to lag behind rival Asian cities in terms of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, or MICE, and the number of international conferences held here was limited to 101, or 18th worldwide, in 2017.

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