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Kiyoshi kimura, president of Kiyomura Okay.Okay, poses for images with a 180.four kilograms (397 kilos) contemporary tuna after this yr’s first public sale at Tsukiji Market on January 5, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. A contemporary complete tuna weighing 180.four kilograms (397 kilos), bought for four.51 million yen (roughly $37,500) by Sushi Zanmai, a Tokyo-based sushi chain operator.
The proprietor of a Japanese sushi restaurant chain on Saturday set a report by paying greater than $three million for a bluefin tuna within the yr’s first public sale at Tokyo’s new fish market, exceeding his personal report worth of 2013.
Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns the Sushizanmai chain, paid 333.6 million yen ($three.1 million) for the 278-kg (613-lb) fish caught off the coast of northern Japan’s Aomori prefecture, or double what he had paid six years in the past.
“The tuna seems to be so tasty and really contemporary, however I believe I did an excessive amount of,” Kimura instructed reporters exterior the market later.
“I anticipated it might be between 30 million and 50 million yen, or 60 million yen on the highest, but it surely ended up 5 instances extra.”
Saturday’s occasion was the primary New 12 months public sale of the Toyosu market, after the famed Tsukiji fish market shut final yr to offer short-term parking for the Tokyo 2020 Summer season Olympics.
Kimura had held the report for high worth paid for a single fish on the new yr’s public sale for six straight years till 2017. However final yr, the proprietor of a unique fish restaurant chain paid the best worth.
After the public sale, the fish was taken to considered one of Sushizanmai’s branches situated within the previous market of Tsukiji.
Tuna is prized around the globe for its use in sushi, however consultants warn rising demand has made it an endangered species.