Summary Box: Tuna fetches record $736K in Tokyo

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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 2:19 PM
Summary Box: Tuna fetches record $736K in Tokyo

RECORD BREAKER: A bluefin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen ($736,000) Thursday in the first auction of the year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.

UPLIFTING RESULTS: Though the 593-pound fish is undoubtedly high quality, the price has more to do with the celebratory atmosphere that surrounds the first auction of the year.

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HOOKED: Japanese eat 80 percent of the Atlantic and Pacific bluefins caught _ the most sought-after by sushi lovers.