The World’s Most Expensive Fish Just Got Cheaper

Bluefin tuna at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Photograph by Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Even as he tries to fight deflation in Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have just succeeded in driving down prices at one of the country’s most famous sales. On the first day of business at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market after the New Year’s holiday, the winning bid for the top fish, a 507-pound bluefin tuna, was just 7.36 million yen ($70,600). The auction’s winner was Kiyomura, a Tokyo-based sushi chain, which paid 95 percent less than the record price from a year ago.

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