The first auction of 2012 in Japan’s Tsukiji fish market in the capital city Tokyo priced a blufin tuna at almost 736,000 dollars, which is equivalent to 56.49 million yen. The fish weighed 269 kilograms and the bid price that broke the previous records was seen as an exciting start of the New Year. The winner of the bid was the president of Kiyomura Co. that runs a Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain.
Kiyoshi Kimura, the bidder, said that he had bought the fish at such a high price to boost up the country after the deadly tsunami that hit them so hard. “Japan has been through a lot the last year due to the disaster. Japan needs to hang in there. So I tried hard myself and ended up buying the most expensive one,” he said after winning the auction.
The fish that was priced so expensive was caught from the Oma coast in Aomori prefecture. This area is in the north of the coast that faced the massive destruction from the tsunami last year. The calamity has hit the economy of the country to a great extent and recovery efforts are being made at every level.
Kimura made 10,000 pieces of the blufin tuna he bought and then resold it to sushi vendors at normal market prices. His kind act was highly appreciated by the buyers who were very happy at the offer. "It's unbelievable. President Kimura is so generous. I have to say thank you to him," Kosuke Shimogawara, one of the buyers, said as he availed the offer. “It's superb. I can do nothing but smile. I am very happy,” he further said.
Blufin tuna is very much liked by the people of Japan and is therefore priced high in the market.
The organizations working for the conservation of the species have tried to restrict the catching of the blufin tuna, as the species might face the danger of extinction in the oceans. The buyers of the fish in Japan are facing some problems in buying the fish, as the fish is not available in the large quantities due to increasing restrictions.