A fish in Japan just sold for a record $3 million — here’s why bluefin tuna is so expensive

A fish in Japan just sold for a record $3 million — here’s why bluefin tuna is so expensive

Narrator: In 2013, a 489-pound tuna sold for a whopping $1.8 million. But you can buy a can of tuna fish at the grocery store for under $2. So, what’s the difference? For starters, it’s not the same fish. Canned tuna typically comes from albacore. They’re small, grow fast, and are abundant for fishing. And…

Japan PM: World against no-deal Brexit

Japan PM: World against no-deal Brexit

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Abe was speaking during a visit to London The „whole world” wants the UK to avoid a no-deal Brexit, Japan’s PM has claimed, after talks with Theresa May. Shinzo Abe pledged „total support” for the withdrawal agreement she has negotiated with the EU, which faces a crunch vote in…

Japan sushi boss pays record tuna price

Japan sushi boss pays record tuna price

Image copyright EPA Image caption Kiyoshi Kimura with the 278kg (612lbs) bluefin tuna he bought A Japanese sushi boss has paid a record $3.1m (£2.5m) for a giant tuna at the first new year’s auction in Tokyo’s new fish market. Self-styled „Tuna King” Kiyoshi Kimura bought the 278kg (612lbs) bluefin tuna, which is an endangered…

Japan to restart commercial whale hunts

Japan to restart commercial whale hunts

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Japan will be free to hunt whales like the minke for commercial purposes from July onwards Japan says it is to restart commercial whaling in July in a move that is likely to draw international criticism. It said it would withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the body…

Europe and Japan take aim at Mercury

Europe and Japan take aim at Mercury

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBepiColombo left Earth on an Ariane rocket that launched out of South America.Two satellites developed in Europe and Japan are on their way to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The joint endeavour, known as BepiColombo, left Earth on an Ariane rocket that launched out of…

Japan typhoon leaves trail of destruction

Japan typhoon leaves trail of destruction

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThousands of people had to be evacuated from Kansai airportA major international airport in western Japan has been closed, with thousands of people evacuated, in the wake of deadly Typhoon Jebi. Kansai airport, a major transport hub serving Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, was cut off when an…

Japan is being pounded by a typhoon so strong it smashed a huge tanker ship into a bridge

Japan is being pounded by a typhoon so strong it smashed a huge tanker ship into a bridge

Japan is being pounded by the strongest typhoon to hit the nation in 25 years, which made landfall on Tuesday with so much force that it smashed a huge tanker ship into a bridge. Typhoon Jebi dragged the 292-foot-long (89m) Houunmaru from its anchored position at sea, and smashed it into a bridge near Osaka.…

Japan lashed by monster typhoon

Japan lashed by monster typhoon

Image copyright Kyodo/via REUTERS Image caption Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries had to be cancelled Japan has been hit by one of the strongest typhoons in 25 years, with officials warning more than a million people to evacuate their homes. Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western areas, bringing heavy rain and reports of winds…