Record price paid for massive tuna
Kiyoshi Kimura, president of the Sushi-Zanmai restaurant chain, cuts into his prize purchase at his main restaurant near Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market on Thursday.
January 5th, 2012
07:11 AM ET

Record price paid for massive tuna

Fancy a $50 piece of sushi?

That's what one piece of a 593-pound blue fin tuna sold Thursday at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market for a record $736,000 is worth.

Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs the Sushi-Zanmai chain in Japan, bought the record-setting fish at the first auction of the new year at Japan's main fish market, a popular tourist stop in Tokyo, according to the Tokyo Times.

The previous record for a fish was set at the market in 2011's first sale of the new year, when a Hong Kong restauranteur paid $422,000 for a blue fin. He took that fish to Hong Kong.

Kimura said he wanted to keep this year's top tuna in Japan. It was caught off Amori prefecture.

"We tried very hard to win the bidding, so that we could give Japan a boost and have Japanese people eat the most delicious tuna," the Mainichi Daily News quoted him as saying.

Despite the record price Kimura paid, pieces of the prize fish are expected to sell for around $5 in his restaurants.

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soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. clearfog

    The ironic thing is that the bigger the tuna, the more toxins in its flesh.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. guest

    its a shame that these fish are being marketed into extinction

    January 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • oussu

      Specifically, this is a Blue Fin tuna, which you are correct is endangered. Why otherwise highly intelligent Asian cultures an be so blind to common sense when following "tradition" or "medicine" is mind boggling.

      January 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lafe

    I'd rather eat the three tunas on the left.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Thomas

    Well, enjoy them. Tuna won't be around much longer.... We've about fished them out.

    January 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JG

      LOL you can't really believe that, can you?

      January 6, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Puckles

    Typical hoes in the background. Sad how women allow themselves to be degraded in every culture.

    January 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • PureandSimple

      I'm confused by your comment Puckles. The women in the back ground are waitresses, not cheerleaders. Do you find yourself disturbed because these women are vastly more attractive than yourself or are you just opposed to women actually working? I think you should make a new New Years Resolution and stop being a troll. No one says you HAVE to be what society decrees is beautiful but it would be nice if you tried not to Hate so much. I find your comment tasteless and nonsensical. Sorry.

      January 7, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tcr c2

    Well lets try dolphin! Oh yummy

    January 6, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. @puckles

    every culture needs slampieces!

    January 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. xas

    feel sad for the tuna, looks majestic ,3 quarters of a million ,i mean you can dine on human beings in tenth of that price in developing or underdeveloped countries

    January 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. sam

    i buy records at goodwill for 99¢. these guys are paying way too much.

    January 8, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
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