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History

1590~

Development period of fish market

1590
Tokugawa Ieyasu enters Edo Castle
History of Tsukiji area
1590
Fishermen in Tsukuda village in current Osaka relocate to Edo, given fishing rights
1596-1615 (Keicho era) 
Fish market opens in Nihonbashi district
1889
Relocation of three Nihonbashi markets proposed
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History

1900~

Nihonbashi fish market period

1903
Wright brothers succeed in first powered flight
1904
Russo-Japanese War starts
History of Tsukiji area
History of fisheries industry
1906
Tuna cans invented in U.S.
1908
Japan’s first freight train for refrigerated fish runs

History

1910~

Nihonbashi fish market period

1912
Titanic sinks in Atlantic
1914
World War I starts
1917
Russian Revolution
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1918
Rice riots erupt, leading to opening of public markets
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History

1920~

Nihonbashi fish market period

1923
Great Kanto Earthquake
1929
Great Depression
History of Tsukiji area
1923
Law to establish central wholesale markets promulgated
 

Nihonbashi fish market lost in fire in Great Kanto Earthquake
 

Tented, makeshift fish market opens on private land in Shibaura district
 

Market relocates to Tsukiji district in December
History of fisheries industry
1929
Japan’s first tuna cans produced at Shizuoka Prefecture’s fisheries laboratory

History

1930~

Tsukiji market opens

1931
Manchurian Incident
1937
Second Sino-Japanese War starts
1938
National Mobilization Law announced
1939
World War II starts
History of Tsukiji area
1934
Tsukiji Hongwanji temple completed
1935
Tokyo city central wholesale market opens in Tsukiji
 

Nihonbashi fish market closes
History of fisheries industry
1931
Predecessor of Hagoromo Foods Corp. founded, marketing tuna cans
1934
Japan starts whaling in Antarctic Ocean
1936
First Japan-made whaling mother ship takes water
1936
Catch of sardines reaches record 1.63 million tons

History

1940~

During and after Pacific War

1941
Pacific War starts
1945
World War II ends
1949
People’s Republic of China founded
History of Tsukiji area
1940
Kachidokibashi bridge completed near Tsukiji market
1941
Rules issued for distribution control for fresh seafood
“Nakagainin” brokerage system abolished
1945
Allied occupation forces take over central parts of Tsukiji market
1946
Official prices reintroduced for fresh seafood based on price control ordinance
1947
Exports of refrigerated seafood resume
1948
“Nakagainin” brokerage system resumes for fruits
1949
Distribution control removed except for popular fish
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1948
Fish finding sonars introduced

History

1950~

Cold War era

1951
San Francisco Peace Treaty signed
1954
Self-Defense Forces established
1954
U.S. “Operation Castle” hydrogen bomb tests at Bikini Atoll
1955
Japan joins General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)
History of Tsukiji area
1950
“Nakagainin” brokerage system resumes
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1954
Full-scale sales of fish hams, sausages start
1955
Fishing of herring off Hokkaido declines
1958
Japan’s first conveyor-belt sushi restaurant opens in Osaka

History

1960~

High economic growth period

1960
Vietnam War starts
1962
Cuban Missile Crisis
1963
U.S. President Kennedy assassinated
1964
Tokyo Olympics
1968
Ogasawara islands returned to Japan
1969
First manned lunar landing by Apollo 11
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1963
Tsukiji Station on Hibiya subway line opens
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1964
Freight volume of trucks exceeds trains for first time

History

1970~

High economic growth period

1970
Expo ’70 in Osaka
1972
Sapporo Winter Olympics
1972
Okinawa returned to Japan
1973
Oil crisis
1975
Vietnam War ends
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1977
Bid price for first cultured tuna in Japan averages 4,600 yen per kilogram
History of fisheries industry
1970
Kinki University starts experiments to cultivate bluefin tuna from roe
1971
Import value of seafood exceeds export value for first time
1976
Seafood drops below 50 percent of animal protein consumption of Japanese

History

1980~

Asset-inflated “bubble” economy period

1985
Plaza Accord triggers yen’s rise against dollar
1987
Japanese National Railways broken up, privatized
1989
Berlin Wall falls
History of Tsukiji area
1986
Tokyo decides to renovate Tsukiji market (later changes plans to relocate to Toyosu)
1988
Fires break out twice at sales space for “naka-oroshi” intermediate wholesalers
History of fisheries industry
1982
International Whaling Commission adopts proposal to ban commercial whaling in phases
1987
Fresh fish freight train into Tsukiji market abolished

History

1990~

Post-Cold War era

1991
Gulf War
1993
European Union inaugurated
1995
Deadly sarin nerve gas attack on Tokyo subway system
History of Tsukiji area
1996
Parking garage completed near Kachidoki gate at Tsukiji market
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1996
Japan proclaims EEZ of 200 nautical miles
1997
Russian tanker Nakhodka spills oil in Sea of Japan

History

2000~

Rise of emerging economies

2001
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in U.S.
2002
Japan, South Korea co-host soccer World Cup
2003
Iraq War
2004
Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami
2008
Lehman Brothers collapses
History of Tsukiji area
2000
Tsukijishijo Station on Toei Oedo subway line opens
2001
Tokyo officially decides to relocate Tsukiji market to Toyosu
History of fisheries industry
2002
Kinki University succeeds in cultivating bluefin tuna from roe for first time
 

“Osakana tengoku” (Fish paradise), song to promote fish consumption,becomes a hit
2006
University of Tokyo discovers spawning area of endangered Japanese eel
2008
Fishermen across Japan suspend fishing to protest rising fuel prices

History

2010~

Toward opening of new Toyosu market

2011
Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami
History of Tsukiji area
2016
Planned opening of new Toyosu market
History of fisheries industry
2010
Japanese researchers succeed in cultivating eel from roe for first time
2014
Pacific bluefin tuna listed as endangered species
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