A Japanese sushi tycoon paid a record $3.1m for a giant tuna at the first predawn New Year auction in Tokyo's new fish market on Saturday. Self-styled 'Tuna King' Kiyoshi Kimura bought the 278kg (612lbs) bluefin tuna, which is an endangered species.He spent more than twice the previous record of $1.4m, which he paid in 2013.
The 278 kg fish (612 pounds) was caught off Japan’s northern coast.It was paid by sushi tycoon Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs the popular Sushi Zanmai chain. Kimura’s Kiyomura Corp has often won the annual auction in the past.
'The tuna looks so tasty and very fresh, but I think I did too much,' Kimura, who runs the popular Sushi Zanmai chain, told reporters.'The price was higher than originally thought, but I hope our customers will eat this excellent tuna.' says Kiyoshi Kimura.