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Bluefin tuna fetches $273,000 at Japan auction after COVID drop

212-kg catch from off northeastern Japan to go to Sushi Ginza Onodera diners

This big fish, auctioned off on the morning of Jan. 5 in Tokyo, was served to diners in the afternoon. (Photo by Mayumi Tsumita) 

TOKYO -- A 212-kilogram bluefin tuna fetched 36.04 million yen ($273,000) on Thursday in the New Year's auction at the Japanese capital's Toyosu fish market, more than double last year's top price, as the restaurant and food industries are recovering from their pandemic-induced slump.

The giant tuna was caught off Oma, Aomori prefecture, a northeastern region known for premium tuna. Yamayuki, a Tokyo-based intermediate wholesaler specializing in tuna, successfully bid for the big fish.

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