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New Tokyo leader postpones plan to move famous fish market

  • FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, a prospective buyer inspects the quality of fresh tuna before the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. A newly elected leader of Tokyo has postponed a plan to relocate the world's biggest fish market, one of the city's most famous landmarks.  Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016,  that she would decide on a date only after an environmental assessment of the new site is completed in January. The move had been scheduled to take place in early November.  (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, a prospective buyer inspects the quality of fresh tuna before the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. A newly elected leader of Tokyo has postponed a plan to relocate the world's biggest fish market, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, that she would decide on a date only after an environmental assessment of the new site is completed in January. The move had been scheduled to take place in early November. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 3, 2016 file photo, people visit a festival at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. A newly elected leader of Tokyo has postponed a plan to relocate the world's biggest fish market, one of the city's most famous landmarks.  Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016,  that she would decide on a date only after an environmental assessment of the new site is completed in January. The move had been scheduled to take place in early November. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    FILE - In this May 3, 2016 file photo, people visit a festival at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. A newly elected leader of Tokyo has postponed a plan to relocate the world's biggest fish market, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, that she would decide on a date only after an environmental assessment of the new site is completed in January. The move had been scheduled to take place in early November. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.  A newly elected leader of Tokyo has postponed a plan to relocate the world's biggest fish market, one of the city's most famous landmarks.  Gov. Koike announced Wednesday that she would decide on a date only after an environmental assessment of the new site is completed in January. The move had been scheduled to take place in early November.  (Kyodo News via AP)

    Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. A newly elected leader of Tokyo has postponed a plan to relocate the world's biggest fish market, one of the city's most famous landmarks. Gov. Koike announced Wednesday that she would decide on a date only after an environmental assessment of the new site is completed in January. The move had been scheduled to take place in early November. (Kyodo News via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A newly elected leader of Tokyo has postponed a plan to relocate the world's biggest fish market, one of the city's most famous landmarks.

Gov. Yuriko Koike announced Wednesday that she would decide on a date only after an environmental assessment of the new site is completed in January. The move had been scheduled to take place in early November.

The current Tsukiji fish market is to be moved to the site of a former gas plant in Toyosu, a reclaimed area in Tokyo Bay, and there are concerns about soil contamination.

Koike, who was elected last month, also questioned the relocation cost of 580 billion yen ($ 5.7 billion). Construction costs alone have nearly tripled from the original estimate to 275 billion yen ($2.7 billion).