The sale, valuing each kilogram of the fish at roughly $2,736, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The bumper bluefin was caught off the coast of northern Oma in Aomori prefecture.
The auction winner was Kiyomura Co., the Tokyo-based operator of Sushi Zanmai, a casual restaurant chain.
The reason for the big bid is simple, Kiyomura President Kiyoshi Kimura said. What's caught locally should be eaten locally.
"Rather than having it taken away overseas, I wish for Japanese people to eat good tuna together. Despite the March 11 earthquake and the sluggish economy I want to lift up Japan's spirits urging people to work hard together," Kimura said after landing the big fish purchase.
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