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Tokyo bans tourists at Tsukiji Market for 1 month during morning auctions

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The Metropolitan Government of Tokyo has banned tourists from visiting the market during the early morning hours when auctions are being held. Traders have complained that crowded areas and tourist activity has hindered auction practices and made business difficult. The ban will last for one month.

Drunk party-goers who have come straight from late-night clubs have disrupted business and tourists’ camera flashes have made it difficult to see bidding action.

Tsukiji Market is a highly popular tourist attraction as the world sushi boom has energized the fish market. Prized tunas have been known to sell for as high as $100,000USD each.

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Written by sammyvicious

April 8, 2010 at 4:15 PM

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