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Paid 20 million for fish: - Maybe I let myself get carried away

A huge tuna is on Saturday sold for a record price at an auction in Japan's capital, Tokyo.

Bids for the 278 pounds heavy fish stopped at the 333,6 million yen. It is equivalent to 20.3 million. According to AFP news agency, this is a record price for a bluefin tuna.

the Auction was settled before the dawn at Tokyo's new fish market, as of the end of 2018 was ready to replace the world-famous Tsukiji.

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Topprisen for the tuna was paid by Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns a chain of sushi restaurants, and refers to himself as 'Tunkongen'.

The previous record for a bluefin tuna was 155 million yen and was also paid by Kimura at an auction in 2013.

But maybe he let himself get carried away, when he Saturday then the big tuna that are caught off the coast of Japan's northern Aomori region.

- the Tuna looks so tasty and fresh, but I think that I overgjorde it, said Kimura to reporters outside the fish market.

I figured that it would be between 30 million and 50 million yen, or a maximum of 60 million yen. But it ended up to be five times as much, he says, according to news agency Reuters.

After the auction was the fish brought to one of his restaurants in Sushizanma-chain.

Tuna is a prized fish on the sushirestauranter the world over, but experts warn that the rising demand is a threat to the stock.

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