This >>> Giant tuna sells for record $1.8 million in Japan

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http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/288944/news/world/giant-tuna-sells-for-record-1-8-million-in-japan

A monster bluefin tuna sold for a record-breaking $1.8 million in the year’s first auction at Japan’s Tsukiji fish market on Saturday, nearly three times the previous high set last year.

The 222-kilogram (488-pound) fish, caught off Japan’s northern city of Oma, fetched a winning bid of 155.4 million yen (about $1.8 million), said an official at the Tokyo fish market.

The figure dwarfs the previous high of 56.49 million yen paid at last year’s inaugural auction at Tsukiji, a huge working market that features on many Tokyo tourist itineraries.

Saturday’s winning bidder was Kiyoshi Kimura, president of the company that runs the popular Sushi-Zanmai chain, who also won the auction for last year’s record-breaking bluefin.

“I wanted to meet expectations of my customers who said they wanted to eat Japan’s best tuna again this year,” Kimura was quoted by Jiji Press as saying after the intense pre-dawn bidding.

“With this good tuna, I hope to help cheer up Japan,” Kimura said.

Based on the price paid — around 700,000 yen per kilogram — a single slice of sushi from the monster fish would cost diners as much as 30,000 yen.

But Kimura plans to sell it at a huge loss, for a more realistic price of up to 398 yen per portion, local media reported.

Bluefin is usually the most expensive fish available at Tsukiji.

Decades of overfishing have seen global tuna stocks crash, leading some Western nations to call for a ban on catching endangered Atlantic bluefin tuna.

Japan consumes three-quarters of the global bluefin catch, a highly prized sushi ingredient known in Japan as “kuro maguro” (black tuna) and dubbed by sushi connoisseurs the “black diamond” because of its scarcity.

A piece of “otoro” or fatty underbelly can cost some 2,000 yen at high-end Tokyo restaurants.

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a great example of everything wrong in this world..whilst kids starve in modern countries..someone pays that sort of money for a fish..SMH

401

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~ by seeker401 on January 7, 2013.

2 Responses to “This >>> Giant tuna sells for record $1.8 million in Japan”

  1. Your views are correct down the line. We are no longer producers, only consumers. It is more profitable to the owners to use slave-produced goods to extract whatever wealth still remains in the hands of middle-class consumers (which is left over from the days when we had a prosperous middle class). The housing crash was the last major squeeze and is even now in the process of moving the largest asset of the middle class into the pockets of the owning class. Meanwhile, the wealth transfer continues in smaller ways. Walmart Triumphant, destroying one small business at a time; one union at a time; one job at a time; one economy at a time.

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