The president of a sushi restaurant buys a bluefin tuna for more than 614,000 USD (72 million yen) at the year's first Tsukiji fish market auction. Samantha Vadas reports.
The first auction of the year at the world's largest fish market and the most auspicious - leaving Japanese fishmongers digging deep into their pockets. The catch of the day - this 212 kilogram bluefin tuna - going under the hammer for more than 600 thousand dollars The start of the new year is seen as a lucky time to buy at the iconic Tsukiji fish market and prices are always jacked up on day one of business. The winning bid didn't come as much of a shock - the sushi chain president Kyoshi Kimura taking the prize fish for the sixth year in a row. But while the offer is one of the highest ever, it still didn't manage to beat his own personal record after he stumped up more than a million dollars for a tuna in 2013. Despite the good vibes around the market on Thursday (January 5), many are concerned that it may not be around for too much longer. It's been a Tokyo landmark for 80 years - but officials want to relocate it to make way for a new road ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.