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Japan Sushi Chain Pays Record $1.76 Million for Tuna at Auction

Kiyomura K.K., a Tokyo-based sushi chain, paid a record 155.4 million yen ($1.76 million), almost triple last year’s amount, to outbid an affiliate of a Hong Kong-based rival at the Tsukiji market’s first 2013 auction.

The fresh whole tuna weighed 222 kilograms (489 pounds), enough to be carved into about 10,000 pieces for sushi, Kiyomura President Kiyoshi Kimura said in an interview. It was the second time in a row Kiyomura beat out Itamae Sushi Japan K.K., an affiliate of the Hong Kong-based Taste of Japan Group that last won the auspicious first tuna at Tsukiji in 2011.