Tsukiji Wholesale Fish Market
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Tsukiji market is the largest wholesale fish market in the world.It began operation, in its present location, in 1935 and is where a majority of the seafood consumed by Japan is traded. The day starts early with tuna auctions that have in recent years become a draw for tourists. Tourist numbers and their effects on the day to day running of the market have necessitated closing the market to all tourism on occasion and the introduction of a quota system for visitors who want to watch the auctions. Plans are being made to move the market's operations to Toyosu Koto in 2014 but the new area is considered unsafe due to contamination. New premises, with specially constructed viewing galleries, would solve some of the problem the massive influx of tourism has had on the market however.