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Japan's 'Tuna King' laments Tsukiji market move

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Some things need to be kept, for historical or cultural purposes, however, to keep the market as it is now is not either of those, and upgrading to newer facilities seems like a smart move, particularly with the Olympics coming to Tokyo.

This guy is similar to the politicians in this country, wanting to keep the "old ways" and not realizing that things that "used" to work are not for today. Not to mention he probably doesnt want to walk too far to get his fish.

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It is the charm of the place that people will miss. This has been happening all over Japan. Sagamiono had it happen, and I do not go there any more. It used to have so many old establishment and quaint little roads. Now it is like a giant mall.

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He would be better to lament on the bluefin tuna species which is heading for extinction. And for the part he has played.

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If the refrigeration layout of the market is sub-standard, then even if they kept the market for historical purposes, they would still have to abandon it as an active fish market.

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So the truth sort of comes out, as the reporter deftlty asks Kimura if his high bids were just PR stunts, as some have suggested. His answer? He says he "disputes" those suggestions. Disputes but does not answer the reporter's question. Read between the lines. Anyway, its history now, fishy tales and all, and I too will miss the old market. The real Japan is fast disappearing, decade by decade. By 2100, in 80 years or so, what will be left of the old japan? Disneyland? Tskuji I will miss you...

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It's a good thing they threw in that they threw in the bit about the tuna bidding, because if they didn't all this article would be is: "Businessman invested in status quo; complains about change".

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WIll be sad to see Tsuji go...As for bluefin tuna http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-08/bluefin-tuna-farming-japan/6373310......

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He would be better to lament on the bluefin tuna species which is heading for extinction. And for the part he has played.

That "part" would be minuscule. The major "part" can be laid at the feet of the millions of Japanese who insist on eating bluefin tuna every day. He's just selling what the public demands. If they didn't buy it, he wouldn't try selling it.

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If they didn't buy it, he wouldn't try selling it.

The other perspective is equally true - if he didn't sell it, they wouldn't try buying it.

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