Tuna breaks record at New Year auction

Tuna breaks record at New Year auction

The auction bell at Tokyo's new wholesale food market rang for the first time this year on Saturday, with bidding marked by a record price for a blue fin tuna.

The auction began shortly after 5:00 AM.

A 278-kilogram blue fin tuna caught in Japan's northern prefecture of Aomori fetched more than 333 million yen, equivalent to over 3 million dollars. The new record is more than double the previous one.

The new market opened in October last year in Toyosu, moving from Tsukiji.

A wholesaler's representative said there were a lot of tuna up for bidding at the start of the New Year's trade, just as there typically was at Tsukiji market. He called on dealers and bidders to work together to develop the new market.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said she is looking forward to Toyosu establishing itself as a great market loved by everyone.

A new visitor's space will open on the first floor of Toyosu on January 15th, allowing people to better experience the atmosphere of the auctions.