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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 03:38 AM IST

Japan sushi tycoon pays $3.1m for endangered bluefin tuna

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Tokyo: A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record USD 3.1 million for a giant tuna Saturday as Tokyo’s new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year’s auction. Bidding stopped at a whopping 333.6 million yen for the enormous 278-kilogramme (612-pound) fish — an endangered species — that was caught off Japan’s northern coast.

Self-styled “Tuna King” Kiyoshi Kimura paid the top price, which doubled the previous record of 155 million yen also paid by him in 2013. “It’s the best tuna. I was able to buy a delicious, super fresh tuna,” the sushi restaurant chain owner proudly told reporters. “The price was higher than originally thought, but I hope our customers will eat this excellent tuna,” Kimura said after the auction. Tsukiji — the world’s biggest fish market and a popular tourist attraction in an area packed with restaurants and shops — moved in October to Toyosu.

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Published on: Sunday, January 06, 2019, 05:17 AM IST
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