On Jan. 5, a New Year’s tuna auction took place at the Toyosu Market in Tokyo. At the auction, a huge bluefin tuna was waiting for the highest bidder. It is a species that is facing the danger of extinction. It was a 278-kg tuna that was caught near northern Japan’s Aomori Prefecture. It was sold to Kiyoshi Kimura, the president of Sushi Zanmai, a sushi restaurant chain. He paid the top price of $3.1 million (W3.48 billion) for the giant tuna. Having the nickname of the “Tuna King,” Kimura kept buying the most expensive tuna in the first auction of the year from 2012 to 2017. He said, “It’s the best tuna. I was able to buy a delicious, super fresh tuna. The price was higher than I originally thought, but I hope our customers will eat this excellent tuna.” After the auction, it was taken to one of his branches.
Christine Kim Staff Reporter
1. A New Year’s tuna auction took place in which market in Tokyo?
2. What type of tuna was waiting for the highest bidder?
3. How much did the tuna caught near northern Japan’s Aomori Prefecture weigh?
4. Kiyoshi Kimura is the president of what sushi restaurant chain?
1. Do you think fishing for endangered species should be allowed?
2. Did Kiyoshi Kimura make the right decision in buying the tuna for $3.1 million?
3. If you had to spend $3.1 million on one item, what would it be?
4. What kind of auction would you attend?