World’s Most-Prized Fish Sold for $3.1 Million in Tokyo
World’s Most-Prized Fish Sold for $3.1 Million in Tokyo
Giant tuna fetches record $3.1 million at Japan auction
05 January, 2019, 17:55
Kimura had held the record for top price paid for a single fish at the new year's auction for 6 straight years until 2017.
"I was able to buy a delicious, super fresh tuna", the sushi chain owner said after the auction, as quoted by media. But he added: "The quality of the tuna I bought is the best".
So you can nearly understand why Kiyoshi Kimura, owner of the Japanese restaurant chain Sushizanmai, recently chose to purchase a 613-pound, $3.1 million bluefin tuna for his restaurant.
Self-described Japanese "Tuna King" Kiyoshi Kimura paid a record $3 million for a 612-pound (278-kilogram) bluefin tuna at the first new year's auction in Tokyo on Saturday.
Kimura has been the highest bidder at the new year auction for several years.
Later in the day sushi chefs sliced up the giant fish with special knives resembling Japanese swords at Kimura's main restaurant. "The price was higher than I originally thought, but I hope our customers will eat this excellent tuna".
Japan is the biggest consumers of the torpedo-shaped bluefin tuna, and surging consumption here and overseas has led to overfishing.
The 2019 auction is the first new year sale to take place at the new fish market on the site of a former gas plant in Toyosu, which opened in October.
Decades-old Tsukiji was one of Japan's most popular tourist destinations as well as the world's biggest fish market. Experts warn it faces extinction, with stocks of Pacific bluefin depleted by 96 percent from their pre-industrial levels. The first auction of the year attracted big fish spenders who would pay top dollar of the biggest and best fish.
The Tokyo metropolitan government decided in 2001 to relocate the aging Tsukiji market to Toyosu, but the initial plan to open the new market in 2016 was pushed back following the discovery of pollutants and subsequent decontamination work. The move was delayed repeatedly because of concerns over soil contamination.
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