For one ship captain, it was a fish story of monstrous proportions. Last week, the largest tuna on record for Wakayama Prefecture was reeled in off the coast of the the Kii Peninsula, reports TV Asahi
Weighing 446 kilograms and measuring 2.82 meters in length, the "king" kuro maguro, or northern bluefin tuna, was pulled aboard a long-line fishing vessel at sea about 320 kilometers off the coast on Friday.
"I thought it was a monster," said Yoshifumi Kodama, the 50-year-old captain of the ship, which is from the town of Kawaminami in Miyazaki Prefecture, according to the Yomiuri Shimbun (Mar. 6).
He used sardine as bait. "I landed it after a 30-minute fight in which he didn't get too violent," he told the Sankei Shimbun (Mar. 5).
Large enough enough to serve an estimated 3,000 sashimi (sliced fish) meals, the fish was sold at auction for 2.96 million yen.
The tuna is the largest by weight since statistics started being kept by a fishery cooperative in 1949. The previous record was a 417-kilogram tuna landed in January of last year.
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 35-year-old man on charges of murder after his elderly neighbor was found stabbed to death, possibly the result of a feud over a pet dog, reports TBS News. (tokyoreporter.com)
Leading parcel delivery firm Yamato Transport Co. said Friday that it will raise its basic tariff for retail customers by ¥140-¥180 excluding tax in September, marking its first rate hike in 27 years. (the-japan-news.com)
As tension spikes on the Korean peninsula, a French amphibious assault carrier sailed into Japan's naval base of Sasebo on Saturday ahead of drills that risk upsetting China, which faces U.S. pressure to rein in North Korea's arms programs. (Japan Today)