A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record $3.1 million for a giant tuna Saturday as Tokyo’s new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year.
A 278-kilogram tuna — an endangered species — that was caught off Japan’s northern coast. — sold for 333.6 million yen ($3.1 million) Saturday.
“The price was higher than originally thought, but I hope our customers will eat this excellent tuna,” Kimura said after the auction.
The sushi restaurant chain owner aforementioned “It’s the best tuna. I was able to buy a delicious, super fresh tuna,”
But Toyosu is located on the site of a former gas plant and the soil was found to be contaminated, forcing local authorities to spend millions of dollars to clean it up and delaying the move.