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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Big tuna fetches record $396,000 in Tokyo

Wednesday 5th January, 2011  (Source: CTV)

TOKYO-A giant bluefin tuna fetched a record 32.49 million yen, or nearly $396,000, in Tokyo on Wednesday, in the first auction of the year at the world's largest wholesale fish market.

The price for the 342-kilogram tuna beat the previous record set in 2001 when a 202-kilogram fish sold for 20.2 million yen, a spokesman for Tsukiji market said.

"It was an exceptionally large fish," said the official, Yutaka Hasegawa.

"But we were all surprised by the price." The massive tuna was bought and shared by the same duo that won the bidding for last year's top fish: the owners of Kyubey, an upscale sushi restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza district, and Itamae Sushi, a casual, Hong Kong-based chain.

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