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Tuna King Pays More Than $600,000 for a Single Bluefin Tuna

Source: Hindustan Times/AFP - January 9, 2017 in Adventure

Tuna King Pays More Than $600,000 for a Single Bluefin Tuna
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Japan’s self-styled “Tuna King” has done it again — paying more than $600,000 for a single fish.

Sushi entrepreneur Kiyoshi Kimura paid top price at the first auction of the new year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on Thursday, bagging a prized bluefin tuna for an eye-watering 74.2 million yen ($636,000).

The head of the Sushizanmai chain is now the proud — if temporary — owner of a 212-kilogramme (467-pound) fish.

At that price a single piece of fatty tuna sushi would cost roughly $85, or 25 times the $3.4 that Kimura charges for the product at his 51 stores across Japan.

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