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Toxic chemical detection delays Tsukiji fish market relocation

JAPAN
Saturday, October 01, 2016, 03:10 (GMT + 9)

The detection of two toxic chemicals in groundwater samples from Tokyo’s Toyosu area, where Tsukiji fish market is planned to be relocated, has led Government authorities to decide to postpone its move. The Toyosu market, located in Koto Ward, is expected to replace the current Tsukiji fish market in Chuo Ward. However, it was found that soil in the compound of the new market is contaminated with toxic substances because of a Tokyo Gas Co. plant that formerly occupied the area. Due to the presence of these chemicals -- benzene and arsenic -- at levels that are slightly above the government-set environmental standards, Tokyo’s authorities need extra time to address safety concerns over the new market site, Japan Today reported. The announcement was followed by revelations that the Tokyo government had failed to conduct measures it had said it was doing to de... FULL STORY

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