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Wednesday, 20th April 2011
In Business In Japan, General Japan News,

Tokyo fish market back to business as usual

The customers are biting again at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, which has announced that its sales are back to levels last seen before the March 11th earthquake.

Following last month's natural disasters, fish transactions were down by as much as 60 per cent, traders told Japan Times.

Fishing in the Tohoku region has been severely affected by the number of boats that were destroyed by the tsunami, while leaks from the Fukushima nuclear plant have dented demand from the area.

However, market sellers claim that strong catches in other regions of Japan have helped to make up for this shortfall.

This has helped support Tokyo's many sushi bars, which are heavily reliant on the Tsukiji market for providing the fresh produce they need on a daily basis.

Earlier this month, a leading radiation expert said that the contamination risk to Japanese sushi was "negligible".

Written by Kimberley Homer

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