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Hamauzu: Tokyo Gas proposed secret talks

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Behind-the-scenes land acquisition talks between the Tokyo metropolitan government and Tokyo Gas Co. for a new food market took place at the proposal of the company, a former vice governor of the capital said Sunday.

The proposal for behind-the-scenes talks came from Tokyo Gas, former Tokyo Vice Gov. Takeo Hamauzu said while testifying before a special investigative committee of the Tokyo metropolitan assembly.

He said he agreed to the proposal to promote the project. Behind-the-scenes talks are not a bad scheme, he said.

Hamauzu is known to have played a key role in the land acquisition talks with the company to build the wholesale food market in Tokyo’s Toyosu district.

The metropolitan government and Tokyo Gas signed an agreement in March 2011 to fix the company’s payments for soil pollution control at the Toyosu site at ¥7.8 billion.

The Toyosu site was previously home to a Tokyo Gas plant. The market was built to relocate the aging Tsukiji wholesale food market, but the relocation has been put on hold due to pollution concerns at the Toyosu site.

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