A tuna fish costing nearly three-quarters of a million dollars has been sold in Japan. The amount is being considered to be the highest paid for a tuna.
Fish lovers across Japan rejoiced over the sale of a Bluefin tuna fish, which cost around three-quarters of a million dollars. The fish was sold at an auction and the high price had to do more with the auction being the first one of the year, rather than for the fish’s weight or rarity.
The Bluefin tuna was caught off the northeastern coast of Japan and it was sold for a record 56.49 million yen, or about $736,000. The fish was auctioned on Thursday at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market.
The weight of the Bluefin tuna was 593 pounds and it beat the record for last year’s tuna, which was sold for 32.49 million yen or about $416,000. According to this price, each pound of tuna translates to $1,238 per pound, which is also a record in its own.
The highest bidder of the Bluefin tuna was Kiyoshi Kimura, who is the president of Kiyomura Co., a leading Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain in Japan. Kimura wanted to give his fellow Japanese a treat after the Tsunami and for this reason he divided the fish into 10,000 pieces and sold it off at ordinary prices. All those who bought the discounted Bluefin tuna, considered themselves very lucky to have a taste of such a celebratory fish.
"Japan has been through a lot the last year due to the disaster," a beaming Kimura told AP Television News. "Japan needs to hang in there. So I tried hard myself and ended up buying the most expensive one."
Kimura also said that he wanted the huge fish to stay in Japan rather than for it to be taken to some foreign land. Last year, the winning bidder was Hong Kong entrepreneur Ricky Cheng, who runs the Hong-Kong based chain called Itamae Sushi and an upscale Japanese restaurant in Tokyo. This time around, however, he could not get the winning bid for the fish.
The winning Bluefin tuna was caught off Oma, which lies in Aomori prefecture, just north of the tsunami-battered coast. The Bluefin tuna is known for its tender red meat and people really love to have it in their sushi. However, now the fish is becoming extinct and different eco-friendly groups are trying to limit or ban its sale.