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Japan’s Tuna Market, The World’s Largest, Hit Hard by Pandemic

A wholesaler checks the quality of frozen tuna displayed during the tuna auctions, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Toyosu fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 25, 2020. Japan’s tuna market, the world’s largest, is taking an outsized hit from the coronavirus pandemic, pressuring restaurants and wholesalers at Tokyo’s sprawling Toyosu fish market to adapt to survive. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A wholesaler checks the quality of frozen tuna displayed during the tuna auctions, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Toyosu fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 25, 2020. Businesses had hoped for more activity after Japan lifted its state of emergency in late May, but big events such as shareholder meetings and wedding banquets have remained on hold while many Japanese are still wary of going to restaurants. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Wholesalers check the quality of fresh tuna displayed during the tuna auctions, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Toyosu fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 25, 2020.Shimahara, who opened his restaurant a year ago, started selling boxes of frozen tuna online in July to offset the hit to his businesses from the drop in customers. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A wholesaler checks the quality of frozen tuna displayed during the tuna auctions, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Toyosu fish market in Tokyo, Japan August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A tuna fishmonger Kimio Amano, 46, prepares a sliced fresh tuna at a wholesalers’ area, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Toyosu market in Tokyo, Japan August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A chef at ‘Maguro no Shimahara’, an “izakaya” or Japanese style dining bar specializing in tuna dishes, shows off a plate of assorted tuna sashimi in Tokyo, Japan August 24, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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