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A prime slice of fatty, creamy otoro — belly-meat of Bluefin tuna — isn’t cheap. These days in Tokyo, you can expect to pay at least ¥10,000 ($100) for a goodly portion of the stuff.

As supplies dwindle, prices of tuna have been going up, and if fuel prices continue to rise — meaning that year-long fishing trips by ocean-going boats out of Japan become less frequent — then the price of the fish will rise further, too.

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