Tokyo - Tokyo's famed Tsukiji fish market will move to a new site on October 11, the capital's governor said Wednesday, ending years of delays marked by scandals and emotional divisions among fishmongers.
Yuriko Koike's decision should also clear the way for a key transport hub for the 2020 Olympic Games to be situated on the market's site in eastern Tokyo.
"We believe the schedule will give us enough time to prepare for a smooth relocation," she told reporters.
The market, a popular tourist attraction in an area packed with restaurants and shops, will move to Toyosu, a former gas plant a bit further east.
Koike's decision draws to a close a charged debate over what to do with the dilapidated but beloved Tsukiji market that handles 480 kinds of seafood worth $14 million daily - as well as 270 types of fruits and vegetables.
The market is best known for its pre-dawn daily auctions of tuna, caught from all corners of the ocean, for use by everyone from top Michelin-star sushi chefs to ordinary grocery stores.
The market opened in 1935 and has fed Japan's hunger for fresh seafood ever since.