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A pair of high-end persimmons proved sweet in more ways than one when they fetched ¥540,000 ($4,750) at the season’s first auction on Thursday.

The fruit — harvested in central Japan and sold at a local wholesale market — are of a cultivar developed by the Gifu Prefectural Government over 10 years and first put on sale last year, when a pair were sold for ¥324,000.

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