Last Tuna Auction Of Heisei Era

Last tuna auction of Heisei era

The last tuna auction of the Heisei era has been held at Tokyo's wholesale food market.

Buyers shouted their bids at the Toyosu market from 5:30 a.m. on Monday -- the last business day of Heisei.

It is open for four days of a 10-day holiday that started on Saturday.

The market was moved from Tsukiji to Toyosu in October. It is equipped with state-of-the-art systems to control temperatures and maintain hygiene.

The amount of seafood traded there has been falling since the change of location.

One wholesaler, Hiroyuki Ito, says the market's influence has faded because distribution methods have changed. He wants to see a more aggressive approach in the coming Reiwa era to promote the market to ensure its survival.

The Reiwa era starts on Wednesday when the new Emperor takes the throne.