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AP PHOTOS: Japan's 4.5 million yen tuna

AP PHOTOS: First tuna of the year sells for 4.5 million yen at Japan's Tsukiji market

Wholesalers perform a ritual hand-clapping to conclude the first auction of fresh tuna of the year at the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 201...
A prospective buyer inspects the quality of fresh tuna before the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP...
A prospective buyer sits near the frozen tuna on a cart after the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP...
A prospective buyer inspects the quality of frozen tuna before the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (A...
Prospective buyers bid frozen tuna during the first auction of the year at the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko...
Fish dealers shows price of tuna by hand signals during the first tuna auction of the year at the Tsukiji Marketin Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP Ph...
Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., poses a bluefin tuna at his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015...
Workers from Kiyomura Co. unload a bluefin tuna from a cart at Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Kiyomu...

Japan New Years Tuna

Wholesalers perform a ritual hand-clapping to conclude the first auction of fresh tuna of the year at the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 201...

Japan New Years Tuna

A prospective buyer inspects the quality of fresh tuna before the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP...

Japan New Years Tuna

A prospective buyer sits near the frozen tuna on a cart after the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP...

Japan New Years Tuna

A prospective buyer inspects the quality of frozen tuna before the first auction of the year at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (A...

Japan New Years Tuna

Prospective buyers bid frozen tuna during the first auction of the year at the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko...

Japan New Years Tuna

Fish dealers shows price of tuna by hand signals during the first tuna auction of the year at the Tsukiji Marketin Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. (AP Ph...

Japan Tuna

Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., poses a bluefin tuna at his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015...

Japan Tuna

Workers from Kiyomura Co. unload a bluefin tuna from a cart at Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Kiyomu...

TOKYO (AP) -- A single bluefin tuna has sold for 4.5 million yen ($37,500) in annual celebratory bidding at the first auction of the year at Tokyo's famous fish market.

Kiyoshi Kimura, the owner of a Japanese sushi restaurant chain, bought the 180-kilogram (400-pound) fish Monday at the re-opening of the Tsukiji market after the extended New Year's break.

He was the top bidder for the fourth year in a row.

Hundreds of tuna are sold daily at the early morning auction.

The popularity of tuna for sushi and sashimi has depleted stocks globally. In November, the International Union for Conservation of Nature designated Pacific bluefin as a species threatened by extinction.


Updated : 2021-09-24 08:55 GMT+08:00