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Tuna sells for record $1.7m

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TOKYO - A tuna was sold for a record 155.4 million yen (1.76 million US dollars) Saturday in the first auction of this year at the Tokyo Tsukiji fish market. 

Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Sushi Zanmai, a major restaurant chain, bought the 222-kilogramme bluefin tuna, valued at 700,000 yen per kilogramme.

"It was a little bit expensive," Kimura was quoted by the Kyodo News agency. "But I hope we can encourage Japan by providing good tuna.”

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