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Photo Journal: Lavish bid

(Mainichi/Tatsuro Tamaki)

A bluefin tuna that fetched a record bid of 333.6 million yen during the first auction of the year at Tokyo's newly opened Toyosu market in Koto Ward on Jan. 5, 2019, lies in the Tsukiji district of the capital's Chuo Ward, as its bidder, Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Corp., the operator of major sushi restaurant chain Sushizanmai, poses for a picture. The price per kilogram for the 278-kilogram fish is 1.2 million yen. The winning bid is the highest on records dating back to 1999. "I wanted to make a successful bid for the best tuna because my customers are looking forward to (tasting) it," said a smiling Kimura. The big fish will be served at the sushi chain's outlets nationwide later in the day.

    (Japanese original by Kentaro Mori, City News Department)

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