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The battle over a bluefin tuna that sold for ¥9.63 million at the first auction of the year at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the highest price fetched in eight years, ended when the Japanese and Chinese bidders agreed to share the fish, market participants said Thursday.

Yosuke Imada, the 63-year-old manager of the prestigious sushi restaurant Kyubey in Tokyo’s Ginza district, and Ricky Cheng Wai-tao, the 41-year-old Chinese manager of the Itamae Sushi chain in Hong Kong and elsewhere, each took half of the fish, which was caught off Oma, Aomori Prefecture.

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