The planned relocation of the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo will be delayed by a year from 2014 to 2015.
Tokyo Gov Naoki Inose said the move was being postponed for a year due to unexpectedly extensive contamination of the earth in the proposed new site at Toyosu in Koto Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported Saturday.
In 2008, the soil around the proposed new site was found to contain benzene in quantities 43,000 times the Japanese environmental regulation limit. The metropolitan government has so far spent 58.6 billion yen trying to remove the contaminated soil, but discovered further contamination as they dug deeper, Inose said.
Digging work would have to go deeper to bring up uncontaminated soil, he said. As a result, construction of the new market is expected to be delayed until fiscal 2015.© Japan Today