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New Tokyo fish market to be 40% bigger than Tsukuji

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One of the most popular tourist destinations, Tsukiji fish market is getting a new home, about 2.3 km away from the original site.

The new market will also be 40% bigger than the original. The good news for tourists is that observation decks will be built so they can still watch all of the action of the fish market.

Comprising a complex of three- to six-story buildings, the new market will have four main sections.

One is for seafood wholesalers, complete with observation decks for tourists. Another is for fruit and vegetable wholesalers. The third will accommodate seafood middlemen, and the fourth will house trading companies’ offices.

The current market supports a kaleidoscope of related businesses in streets nearby, from tiny sushi bars and greengrocers to chopstick retailers and vendors of rubber boots. The new market will try to replicate that atmosphere by incorporating restaurants and retail shops. Operators for those businesses will be selected by June, metropolitan government representatives said.

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