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The big tuna

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Kiyomura Co President Kiyoshi Kimura, who runs a chain of sushi restaurants, poses for pictures with a 230-kg bluefin tuna at his sushi restaurant outside Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo on Sunday. Kimura won the bid for the tuna caught off Oma, Aomori Prefecture, with a highest price of 7.36 million yen at the fish market's first tuna auction of the year. The bid was 95% lower than last year's record price of 155.40 million yen.

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Shouldn't this guy be charged under the swords and firearms law? Doesn't look like much of a chef's knife to me, and the guy seems awfully proud to pose as a samurai who wasted his money on a fish.

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Yes but how much did last year's fish weigh? Comparing only prices is meaningless. It's price per kilo that tells the story. If you don't know the answer, JT, you shouldn't run this photo/caption. 95% lower than last year's price tells us absolutely nothing about the economy, the tuna market, etc . . . all it means is that last year's fish was bigger.

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Ah, ben4short... perhaps you ought to check this stuff out before commenting. Last year's fish was actually about 10 kg smaller than this year's. It was about 490 lbs, which means 222 kgs by rough estimation. so Not only is the weight down by a small percentage, the price is now down, by your logic, more than 95%, isn't it?

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Nice photo, but isn't he about to slice his fingers off? Congrats on the big fish, though!

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And where, pray tell, Mr. Smith, does either the photo or article mention the weight of last year's fish?

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No bickering, please.

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I ate at Sushi Zanmai last week in Tsukiji. Mediocre at best I thought.

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Why do you say, Smith, that the buyer "wasted his money on a fish?"

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ben4short: "Why do you say, Smith, that the buyer "wasted his money on a fish?"

I believe the mods asked you to stop bickering, but since they've let the question you posed stand I'll answer it: because this guy just paid more than $7000 for a single tuna, and he's standing over it with a katana. If it gets him a bit more business than he's had in the past it'll only take... what... a few months to make up for it?

Anyway, the fact remains it is 95% down from last year, and given that it's a smaller weight than last year's catch makes that even more of a punch. And like I said, I hope the downward fall continues.

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Hang on, but you just said "Last year's fish was actually about 10 kg smaller than this year's" above. Which is is (can't be bothered googling this tripe). Now you are saying " it's a smaller weight than last year's" ("it" referring to this year's catch I presume).

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tokyo-star: "Hang on, but you just said "Last year's fish was actually about 10 kg smaller than this year's" above. Which is is (can't be bothered googling this tripe). Now you are saying " it's a smaller weight than last year's" ("it" referring to this year's catch I presume)."

Yeah, that was my bad. The money spent was down from last year, the weight was 10 kg higher, more or less. I admit I an not above editing. My original comments all still stand, though (last weigh in aside).

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Looks like I missed an "is it" as well, hate not being able to edit comments on this site.

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and smith, it was more than $70,000 (not $7,000), just for the record.

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serendipitous: "and smith, it was more than $70,000 (not $7,000), just for the record."

That was an honest typo, but right you are. Thank you.

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The large knife, which you may think is a sword for photo purposes, is actually one of many large style butchering knives they use at the fish market. Depending on the size of the fish, and the butchering order, they use a larger or smaller blade. Yes, it looks like a katana, but it's reallyjust a large fancy fish knife.

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