Yesterday’s record tuna weighs 222 kilograms (489 pounds), and Kimura said the fish would yield 10,000 pieces of sushi. That’s $3,600 per pound or $176 per sushi piece, though Kimura said the fish would retail at his restaurant chain’s regular prices, which are much lower.

Kimura’s Kiyomura ultimately outbid a rival sushi chain, Itamae Sushi Japan, which is owned by Taste of Japan Group, based in Hong Kong. Itamae said its highest bid for the tuna was 151 million yen. The Tokyo-Hong Kong competition was viewed in the context of heightened tension between China and Japan over control of islands near Taiwan.

“There are some political difficulties, but Japanese customers and Chinese customers come to our restaurant, and what we want is for everyone to enjoy our sushi,” Kimura told reporters.

Here’s video of Kiyomura carting his record tuna back to one of his restaurants after the auction:

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