Japan’s sushi king pays record price for bluefin tuna

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A Japanese sushi boss has paid a record $3.1m (£2.5m) for a giant tuna at the first new year’s auction in Tokyo’s new fish market.

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.

Wholesalers and sushi company owners often pay high prices for the best fish at the first pre-dawn auction of the new year.

Although the auction prices were way above usual for bluefin tuna, wholesalers and sushi tycoons have been known to pay eye-watering prices for the biggest and best fish, especially at the first auction of the New Year.

Later in the day, sushi chefs sliced up the giant fish with special knives resembling Japanese swords at Kimura’s main restaurant. Hundreds of sushi lovers queued for a taste.

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