For the record, the price of the equivalent of around 2.7 million Euro in Tokyo a giant bluefin tuna was auctioned off. The price is equivalent to around 9700 euros per kilogram.

The 278-pound animal was bought on Saturday at the first auction this year on the new fish market in the Japanese capital by the restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai. The fish was in Oma, one of the best tuna fishing areas of the country, on the Northern tip of the main island of Honshu, has been caught.

Nowhere is there so much blue tuna eaten in Japan. The over-fishing that calls for a long time, international criticism, has led to the fact that the species is endangered.

Kiyoshi Kimura, President of the restaurant chain, had already purchased from 2012 to 2017 – for each of the first auction of the year – the most expensive tuna fish. In 2013, he paid the last valid record price of around 1.26 million euros for a 222-kilogram bluefin tuna.

The high prices for the new year’s auction are not so much the quality of the fish. Rather, the Whole thing is a clever PR campaign at the start of the new fiscal year, the reports in the media, because, every year.

Kimura said after the purchase on Saturday: “I did not expect so much money. Since it is me but it is possible to buy a good (fish), I want him to the customer’s taste.”

The auction was held at the toyosu Mall-the market, which was opened in October in the port area of Tokyo. The 1935-built Tsukiji fish market, which was considered Mecca of the fish lovers, had been previously in spite of the violent protests closed. The move on the nearby artificial island was delayed by almost two years, since Tokyo, with soil and air pollution had to fight in toyosu Mall. There is a gas production plant used to stand.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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