Recently the NHK News reported the following:
Tsukiji Shijo in Tokyo, as the the number one in Japan in the amount of handling marine catches, in the morning on the fifth successfully held its first auction, the high-end blue-fin tuna that could be caught in the neighboring waters was auctioned at a highest ever price in Tsukiji Shijo.
About 300 people in Tsukiji Shijo including middle-traders started the first auction at 5.00 am after performing the ceremony with hands tighten to pray for a year of prosperous business. As for the tuna, those landed in the ports in the whole country from inshore, together with those airlifted from overseas were lined up totalling about 500, and were put up for competition. Especially in the past few years the high-end blue-fin tuna caught near shore was popular in China, and competition among sushi shops in Japan was tense, the price went up fast during the first auction held on the 5th. According to middle-traders the tuna that weighted 342 kilos and landed at the Toi port in Hokkaido was successfully bidden at 32.49 million yen. According to Tokyo, it was the highest price since 1999 when records on the price of one tuna was available in Tsukiji Shijo. This tuna was bought jointly by a trader in Hong Kong who managed multiple sushi shops in China etc.. together with some high-class sushi shops in Tokyo and Ginza; they shared it equally. Trader Ricky Cheng in Hong Kong who had bought the tuna said ｢Tuna in Japan was very high level, and wanted the tuna by all means. I am glad to have bidden it in the auction although it came at a price higher than I thought｣. Moreover, Yosuke Imada of a sushi shop in Ginza which had jointly bought the same tuna was saying that "It is thought that the guests could enjoy a good tuna that will exceed their expectation, although at a price that could be higher than their expectation too".
It is obvious that the high class tuna from Japan continues to be a favorite dish for many Chinese and Japanese who are willing to pay for the delicacy.