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Giant tuna fetches more than $600,000 USD at Tokyo auction

Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 01:08

The president of a sushi restaurant buys a bluefin tuna for more than 614,000 USD (72 million yen) at the year's first Tsukiji fish market auction. Samantha Vadas reports.

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The first auction of the year at the world's largest fish market and the most auspicious - leaving Japanese fishmongers digging deep into their pockets. The catch of the day - this 212 kilogram bluefin tuna - going under the hammer for more than 600 thousand dollars The start of the new year is seen as a lucky time to buy at the iconic Tsukiji fish market and prices are always jacked up on day one of business. The winning bid didn't come as much of a shock - the sushi chain president Kyoshi Kimura taking the prize fish for the sixth year in a row. But while the offer is one of the highest ever, it still didn't manage to beat his own personal record after he stumped up more than a million dollars for a tuna in 2013. Despite the good vibes around the market on Thursday (January 5), many are concerned that it may not be around for too much longer. It's been a Tokyo landmark for 80 years - but officials want to relocate it to make way for a new road ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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Giant tuna fetches more than $600,000 USD at Tokyo auction

Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 01:08