Big tuna

Prospective buyers inspect the quality of fresh tuna before the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, early Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Kiyomura Co President Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs a chain of sushi restaurants Sushi Zanmai, poses with a 212-kg bluefin tuna at his sushi restaurant outside Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo on Thursday. Kimura won the bid for the tuna caught off Oma, Aomori Prefecture, paying 74 million yen at the fish market’s first tuna auction this year.

  • 1

    sensei258

    $3 a gram for tuna

  • 4

    Wakarimasen

    Annual tradition that makes no real sense. Eventually these poor fish will end up costing extreme money like Abalone and caviar and so on - all due to overconsumption and conspicuous consumption drivers.

  • 1

    dcog9065

    Sushi Zanmai always wins these major bids, but how do they sell such pricey tuna in their shops?

  • 0

    papigiulio

    paying 74 million yen

    Pfffffffff, some people just have waaaaay too much money to throw at ridiculous stuff.

  • 0

    qwertyjapan

    I want a slice

  • 5

    plasticmonkey

    It's a 74 million yen advertisement for Sushi Zanmai. Not that expensive compared to a primetime TV ad. And it gets covered by all the news outlets.

  • 1

    canadianbento

    If they keep killing the "Tuna" in such numbers they will have to "eat a man made tuna" shortly.

  • -3

    paulinusa

    "It's a 74 million yen advertisement for Sushi Zanmai. Not that expensive compared to a primetime TV ad. And it gets covered by all the news outlets."

    You are probably right, but $635,000. for a few days publicity is hardly a bargain.

  • 0

    John-San

    out of local water, lucky fishing boat that caught it. It a dream fish fishing crews dream of catching. But the place is over fish and fishing quoter should be in place for the Northern Bluefin Tuna. Outside of Osaka they now farm Northern Bluefin successfully. This is why I for backing a total ban on fishing Northern Bluefin world wide.

  • 0

    SenseNotSoCommon

    And here's the news: absolutely nothing has changed.

    Sweet dreams!

  • -2

    Alex Hutchins

    Japan's great consumption of bluefin tuna and other marine species will not last much longer....for their will be hardly any of these animals left to make fishing for them viable. An environmental catastrophe.

  • -2

    Disillusioned

    Scoff into it while you can. Another two or three decades and they'll all be gone. "Only after the last fee has been cut down and the last fish eaten will man realise he cannot eat money!"

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