Governor briefed on Tokyo Gas deal: ex-official
Jiji -- Mar 20
Then Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara received a briefing on a 2011 agreement not to seek additional payments from Tokyo Gas Co. for dealing with soil contamination at a site to host a new wholesale food market, a former metropolitan government official said Saturday.

Materials used in the briefing are still remaining, Itaru Okada, former central wholesale market head of the metropolitan government, told a powerful investigation committee of the metropolitan assembly.

Ishihara has said he had no memories of the matter.

Okada made the remarks as one of four sworn witnesses summoned by the committee to speak about issues related to the Toyosu wholesale food market.

When the metropolitan government signed a contract to buy a tract of land in Koto Ward's Toyosu district from Tokyo Gas to build the market in 2011, it agreed not to ask the company to pay for future antipollution measures.

News source: Jiji
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