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Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 15:00 - 16:00

“Tsukiji Okamisan kai (Group of women working at Tsukiji Market) is against the Relocation Plan”

Language: The speech and Q&A will be in Japanese with English interpretation

The Tsukiji fish market, officially known as Tokyo Central Whole Sale Market, is home to over five hundred intermediary wholesalers. Its legendary tuna auctions are a staple of national TV. The most anticipated is held early in the New Year. This year, the prized specimen fetched 74 million yen.

Over 1.700 tons of seafood and 1,400 tons of vegetables pass through the market every day, making Tsukiji one of the largest of its kind in the world. Opened in 1935, its 23 hectares include some of the oldest commercial buildings in Tokyo which survived war and development.

Next year, it will be no more. In 2018 a new version of Tsukiji is to open in Toyosu. This move is controversial, due to contamination of the new site from an old gasworks, and is deeply unpopular amongst most of the market folk, who fear a loss of business and tradition. In March, the Tsukiji Okamisan Kai (Tsukiji Landladies' Association), drafted a letter of protest – over 70 pct. of wholesalers signed.

Yet there is no impasse; "Tsukiji," says the Tokyo Government," will close in November, not least to make way for necessary infrastructure for the coming Olympics."

Tsukiji Okamisan Kai consists of women working at the market, along with the wives and female relatives of wholesalers and shop owners. On Wednesday 25th July, representatives of the association will host a press conference at the FCCJ to outline their reasons for keeping the market in Tsukiji, the cultural heritage at stake and the consequences should the move be pushed through.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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