Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A premium bluefin tuna, caught off the town of Oma, Aomori Prefecture, sold for ¥74.2 million in this year’s first auction at the Tsukiji wholesale food market in Tokyo on Thursday, marking the second-highest price on record.
The 212-kilogram tuna is priced at ¥350,000 per kilogram. Waters off Oma are one of the best tuna fishing grounds in the country.
The winner of the auction is Kiyomura Corp., the operator of the Sushizanmai sushi restaurant chain.
“We could get a tuna that is good in all aspects — shape, size, fat and the quality of meat,” Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura, said. “We want our customers to taste it soon.”
The record-high price for a bluefin tuna sold at the first auction of a year at Tsukiji was ¥155.4 million, or ¥700,000 per kilogram, in 2013.
This year’s first auction came amid confusion over the relocation of the Tsukiji market in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, to a site in the Toyosu district in neighboring Koto Ward.
“We’ve been in turmoil as the timing of the relocation has not been fixed yet,” an official of a fish wholesaler said, addressing participants of the auction. “We want the safety of the new market confirmed soon.”Speech