Tuna sells for $1.8 million in first Tokyo auction of 2020, second highest ever

Reuters Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan Jan 05, 2020, 02.07 PM(IST)

Kiyoshi Kimura Photograph:( Reuters )

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The successful bidder was Kiyoshi Kimura, the head of the company that runs a sushi restaurant chain "Sushizanmai," NHK said.

A bluefin tuna sold for 193.2 million yen ($1.8 million) in the first auction of the new year at Tokyo's Toyosu fish market, the second-highest price on record, NHK broadcaster reported.

The tuna was caught off northern Aomori Prefecture and weighed 276 kilograms (608 lbs), according to NHK, which translates into a price of about 700,000 yen per kilogram.

The successful bidder was Kiyoshi Kimura, the head of the company that runs a sushi restaurant chain "Sushizanmai," NHK said.

Last year Kimura paid a record 333.6 million yen for a tuna at the auction, exceeding his previous record price in 2013.