Toyosu market holds first tuna auction of 2021

Traders at Tokyo's Toyosu wholesale market prayed for prosperity in the year ahead as they held their first auction of 2021 on Tuesday.

Attendance at the New Year event was limited as a precaution against the coronavirus. Infections were reported among a string of market traders last year.

Ahead of the tuna auction, a representative of a wholesaler pledged to ensure a stable supply of fish and marine products even amid the pandemic.

The auction floor began buzzing with activity with the ringing of the bell shortly after 5 a.m. Raw and frozen tuna from across Japan went up for bidding.

The top prize was a 208-kilogram bluefin from Oma in the northern prefecture of Aomori.

A market trader bought it for about 20.8 million yen, or around 200,000 dollars. That was well below a record price of 3.2 million dollars set at the start of 2019.