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Employees of Kiyomura Co. cut up a 200-kilogram (440-pound) bluefin tuna the company bought at the year's celebratory first auction as restaurateur Kiyoshi Kimura, center seen through the arm of an employee at right, watches at his sushi restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Early on Tuesday, the huge, glistening tuna was auctioned for about 14 million Japanese yen ($118,000) during the last auction at Tokyo's 80-year-old Tsukiji market, which is due to move in November to a massive complex further south in Tokyo Bay, making way for redevelopment of the prime slice of downtown real estate. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

A sushi chain boss bought a huge bluefin tuna for $632,000 at an auction in Japan


A Japanese sushi chain boss placed a winning bid of 74.2 million yen ($632,000) for a 212-kilogram (466 pound) bluefin tuna, in what may be the last auction at the current site of Tokyo's Tsukiji market, according to CNBC.

The winning bid Thursday for the prized but imperiled species was the second-highest price ever, after a record 155.4 million yen bid in 2013.

Japan consumes some 80 percent of the 60,000 tons of bluefin caught on average worldwide each year, according to TIME.

Kiyoshi Kimura, center, president of Kiyomura Co., poses with the bluefin tuna he made a winning bid at the annual New Year auction, at his Sushi Zanmai restaurant near Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, early Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. The Japanese sushi chain boss bid a winning 74.2 million yen ($632,000) Thursday for the 212 kilogram (466 pound) bluefin tuna in what may be Tsukiji market's last auction at its current site in downtown Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Kiyomura Corp. owner Kiyoshi Kimura posed after the predawn New Year auction with the gleaming, man-sized fish, which was caught off the coast of northern Japan's Aomori prefecture. He often wins the annual auction.

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