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Sushi chain operator Kiyomura K.K. paid a record ¥56 million for a frozen whole tuna Thursday, making it the first Japan-based company to win the New Year’s auction at Tsukiji fish market in four years.

The 269-kg fish was sold during the Tokyo fish market’s first bidding session of the year, said Hiroshi Umehara, a spokesman for the Tokyo-based firm, which runs the Sushizanmai chain of 46 sushi shops across Japan.

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