Tokyo tuna auctions open to visitors again

Tokyo's largest food market has resumed public viewing of its early-morning tuna auctions after five months.

Toyosu market's special observation deck reopened on Thursday, following a recent decline in coronavirus infections. It had been closed since January 11.

Visitors were invited onto the deck shortly before 6:00 a.m. They watched as the buyers used traditional hand gestures to place their bids.

About 1,000 raw and frozen tuna from ports across Japan and around the world were put up for sale on Thursday.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which operates the market, says it has reduced the daily number of visitors to 27 from 120 before the pandemic.