Tuna sells $ 3m in auction in Tokyo's new fish market


Kyomi Kimi President Kimoshi Kimura (C) runs a range of sushi restaurants, Zanmai Sushi, with a 278-kg bluefin tuna, priced at 333,600 yen in the towering market, his first Tuna auction this year. Sushi Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, January 5, 2019. Kim Kyung-hun, Reuters

Tokyo – Japan's Japanese Sushi Chain Owner on Record by Paying More than $ 3 Million for Bluefin Tuna in its first auction in Tokyo's new fish market, exceeding its own record price of 2013 .

Kyoshihi Kimura, which eats the Sushizanmai range, paid $ 333.6 million ($ 3.15 million) for the 278-kg fish caught off the shore of northern Japan's president Aomori, or double what he paid 6 years ago.

"The Tuna looks so delicious and very fresh, but I think too much," Kimora told reporters outside the market later.

"I expect it would be between 30 million and 50 million yen, or 60 million yen, but it was five more."

Saturday's event was the first New Year's auction of the Toyosu market, following famed Tsukiji fish market shutdown last year to provide temporary parking for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Kimura has held the record for the peak price paid for a single fish at the New Year's 6-year-old auction until 2017. But last year, the owner of a different fish restaurant chain paid the highest price.

After the auction, the fish was taken to one of Tsushiji's ancient markets in Tsukiji.

Tuna is priced around the world for its use in sushi, but experts have warned growing demand has made it an endangered species.

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