WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Japanese restaurant owner has spent a whopping $1.8 million on a massive 608-pound tuna fish at a New Year’s auction at Tokyo’s Toyosu fish market on Sunday.
- Self-proclaimed “Tuna King” Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai, paid 193 million yen (about $1.8 million) for the bluefin tuna.
- Last year, the restaurant magnate paid a record $3.1 million (333.6 million yen) for a 612-pound fish, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
A Japanese restaurant magnate paid a staggering $1.8 million on a gigantic tuna fish at a New Year’s auction at the Toyosu fish market in Tokyo on Sunday, CNN reported.
Kiyoshi Kimura, the self-described “Tuna King,” bought the 608-pound (276-kilogram) bluefin tuna for 193 million yen (about $1.8 million), according to the network, citing Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
Kimura, who owns restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai, told reporters: “This is the best,” according to the AFP news agency. “Yes, this is expensive, isn’t it? I want our customers to eat very tasty ones this year too.”
Though the tuna was extremely pricey, it wasn’t even the highest amount paid for a tuna. Last year, Kimura paid for a 612-pound fish for $3.1million (333.6 million yen).
According to Derek Wilcox, a chef who trained in Japan for ten years, bluefin tuna tends to be most sought-after fish among sushi restaurants.
“Only bluefin has the intense marbling,” Wilcox said in an interview with Business Insider last year. “Bluefin also, when it’s aged properly, has a particular balance of flavors.”
There are a variety of factors that determine the price of a bluefin tuna, including where the fish is caught. Wilcox said that bluefin caught on the East Coast, for example, could cost between $20 and $40 a pound. But a bluefin tuna caught in Japan and sent to the United States could cost upwards of $400 a pound, he added.