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  • A Japanese sushi boss paid more than US$117,000 Tuesday (Jan 5) for a giant bluefin tuna as

  • Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market held its last New Year auction ahead of a much-needed modernisation

  • move.

  • Bidding stopped at a whopping 14 million yen for the enormous 200-kilogramme fish, an endangered

  • species, that was caught off Japan's northern coast.

  • The price was three times higher than last year but still far below a record 155.4 million

  • yen paid in 2013, when a Hong Kong restaurant chain weighed in, for a slightly larger fish

  • of similar quality.

  • The New Year auction is a traditional feature at Tsukiji, where bidders pay way over the

  • odds for the prestige of buying the first fish of the year.

  • But it came as Japan, the world's largest consumer of bluefin tuna, faces growing calls

  • for a trade ban on the species, which environmentalists warn is on its way to extinction.

  • The population of Pacific bluefin tuna is set to keep declining "even if governments

  • ensure existing management measures are fully implemented," Amanda Nickson, director of

  • Global Tuna Conservation at the Pew Charitable Trusts, said in a release.

  • Bluefin is usually the most expensive fish available at Tsukiji, the biggest fish and

  • wholesale seafood market in the world.

  • A single piece of "otoro", or the fish's fatty underbelly, can cost up to several thousand

  • yen at high-end Tokyo restaurants.

  • The growing popularity of Japanese sushi worldwide has stoked demand elsewhere.

  • "Given the already dire state of the population, decimated to just four percent of unfished

  • levels, it is of particular concern that the auction price is rising again," Nickson of

  • Pew Charitable Trusts added.

  • "The international community must let the Japanese government know that additional action

  • is needed to save this species."

  • Tuesday's auction winner, Kiyoshi Kimura, president of the firm behind the popular Sushi-Zanmai

  • restaurant chain, said he was "glad to make a winning bid in the last New Year auction

  • at Tsukiji."

  • Tsukiji, a sprawling complex of tiny stalls and wholesalers popular with tourists, will

  • end its eight-decade history this year when it is relocated to a modern facility in Toyosu,

  • a few kilometres away.

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築地の魚市場で絶滅危惧種のクロマグロに11万7,000ドル以上を支払う日本の寿司社長 (Japan sushi boss pays more than US$117,000 for endangered giant bluefin tuna at Tsukiji fish market)

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