Kiyoshi Kimura

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Kiyoshi Kimura's life-sized statue in front of his restaurant Sushi Zanmai, this one in Osaka's Dotonbori

Kiyoshi Kimura (木村 清, Kimura Kiyoshi) is known as the "Tuna King" of Japan. Kimura is the head of Kiyomura Corporation which runs the Sushi Zanmai chain of restaurants. In January 2019, Kimura paid a record 333.6 million yen for a 278 kg (613 lb) blue fin tuna and has been the highest bidder at the Japanese new year tuna auction in eight out of the past nine years.[1][2][3][4][5] The fish normally sells for $88/kilogram.[6]


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  2. ^ Reporters, Telegraph (5 January 2019). "Tuna sells for record $3 million in auction at Tokyo's new fish market". Retrieved 5 January 2019 – via
  3. ^ Agencies (5 January 2019). "Sushi king pays record $3.1m for endangered bluefin tuna in Japan". Retrieved 5 January 2019 – via
  4. ^ hermesauto (5 January 2019). "Record $4 million paid in New Year's tuna auction at Japan's new fish market". The Straits Times. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  5. ^ Woodyatt, Amy (6 January 2020). "Japanese businessman spends $1.8 million on massive tuna". CNN Travel. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Bluefin goes for $3 million at 1st 2019 sale at Tokyo market". NBC News. Retrieved 6 January 2019.

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