Giant tuna fetches record $396k in Tokyo harbor. Giant bluefin tuna has been fetched for a record $396k on the market in Tokyo. It’s the first auction of the year at the largest wholesale fish market.
The price for the 754-pound tuna beat the previous record set in 2001 when a 445-pound fish sold for 20.2 million yen, a spokesman for Tsukiji market said.
“It was an exceptionally large fish,” said the official, Yutaka Hasegawa. “But we were all surprised by the price.”
The massive tuna was bought and shared by the same duo who won the bidding for last year’s top fish: the owners of Kyubey, an upscale sushi restaurant in Tokyo’s Ginza district, and Itamae Sushi, a casual, Hong Kong-based chain.
The tuna was caught by entrepreneur Ricky Cheng and reports showed up after his big win, which reflects the growing popularity of sushi around the world, particularly in Asia.
“I was nervous when I arrived in Tokyo yesterday, but I am relieved now,” he said after the auction, which began shortly after 5 a.m.
The giant tuna, caught off the coast of northern Japan, was among 538 shipped in from around the world for Wednesday’s auction.
The record-setting price translates to a whopping $526 per pound.