An icon of the Japanese capital is set to be uprooted this week. The Tsukiji fish market has been the beating heart of Tokyo's seafood industry for more than eight decades. And Tai Yamaguchi has managed her families fish shop for almost as long. She begins every day before sunrise, selling fresh fish to the sushi chefs and restaurants across Japan.
But now it's closing time. The city wants to move the market before Tokyo's 2020 Olympics. The new site is miles away from the city's center on old industrial land. Tai and others don't wanna go.>>
> After a clean up, Tokyo called the site safe in July.
>> Tokyo says the old market is unhygienic and the move is a necessary upgrade. Some workers including Tai have staged protests. Opponents say they're worried about the new site, where two years ago authorities found cancer causing chemicals in the ground.>>
But as Reuters Mari Saito reports, workers have filed a last minute lawsuit to try and halt the move. They're also worried Tokyo's losing part of its legacy.>> These people are still adamant to stay in because Tsukiji is known around the world. And people who have been doing business here for nearly 100 years are incredibly attached to the history of this market.
>> Tsukiji's fame has also made it a major hotspot for tourists. Many of the vendors think moving to a less central spot could stop the flow of tourist dollars.>> Just downstairs from here there are dozens and dozens of people lining up for the many sushi shops that have been catering to the people who work inside the market.
But now those people are catering to foreign tourists who come here directly from the airport just to get a taste of Tsukiji.>> A Tokyo judge has been asked to rule on the temporary injunction by the end of the week. If there are no delays, authorities say the move will go ahead and business at the new market site will start on October 11th.