276kg bluefin tuna fetches $2.4 million in Tokyo auction

Mr Kiyoshi Kimura, head of Kiyomura Corp, poses with the 276kg fish at a Sushizanmai restaurant in Tokyo on Jan 5. Kiyomura made the winning bid for the second year in a row.
Mr Kiyoshi Kimura, head of Kiyomura Corp, poses with the 276kg fish at a Sushizanmai restaurant in Tokyo on Jan 5. Kiyomura made the winning bid for the second year in a row.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - A bluefin tuna, weighing a staggering 276kg, was sold for 193.2 million yen (S$2.4 million) on Sunday (Dec 5) at a Tokyo fish market, the second-highest price on record.

Kiyomura Corp, which runs the Sushizanmai restaurant chain across Japan, made the winning bid for the second year in a row.

It paid a record 333.6 million yen for a 278kg bluefin tuna at last year's auction.

Mr Kiyoshi Kimura, owner of the chain, told Japan's public broadcaster NHK that even though the fish was "expensive", he was keen to make the winning bid so he could serve the best tuna to his customers.

The fish, which weighs about the same as a large vending machine, was caught off Oma in northern Japan.