Envoy living out his childhood dream

| Apr 8, 2014

Envoy living out his childhood dream

by Mami Maruko

Although it was his childhood dream to become his country’s ambassador to Japan, actually doing so was not an easy task for Abdulaziz Turkistani. “It’s a dream come true,” said the 56-year-old, who became Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Japan in 2009. Turkistani first came ...

31 companies join Tokyo job fair for Saudi students

Mar 13, 2014

31 companies join Tokyo job fair for Saudi students

Saudi students received briefings from around 30 companies Thursday at a job fair organized by the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tokyo. It is rare for an embassy to sponsor an event to help its own citizens in Japan find jobs. This year’s job fair, ...

Saudi nuclear talks to move ahead

Feb 20, 2014

Saudi nuclear talks to move ahead

Japan and Saudi Arabia agreed Wednesday to accelerate bilateral talks for a civil nuclear cooperation accord that would enable Japanese manufacturers to export reactors to the Middle Eastern country. The agreement came as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Salman ...

Saudi anti-terror law alarms activists

Feb 3, 2014

Saudi anti-terror law alarms activists

Saudi Arabia put into effect a sweeping new counterterrorism law Sunday that human rights activists say allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent. The law states that any act that “undermines” the ...

'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

Jan 25, 2014

'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

by Jeff Kingston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now in New Delhi to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Indian Republic. His presence speaks volumes about closer diplomatic, security and economic ties and, at least from Tokyo’s perspective, a common agenda on responding to ...

Kerry says Saudis support intense Mideast peace push

Jan 6, 2014

Kerry says Saudis support intense Mideast peace push

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday said he had won Saudi support for his efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, in a day of shuttle diplomacy to key Arab allies. The top U.S. diplomat, on the fourth day of his 10th visit ...

Dec 30, 2013

Saudis bankroll Lebanon's army

Saudi Arabia has pledged $3 billion to Lebanon to help strengthen its armed forces and purchase weapons from France, Lebanon’s president said Sunday, calling it the biggest grant ever for the nation’s military. Michel Sleiman, who made the surprise announcement in a televised national ...

Dec 28, 2013

Nuclear pact talks to start with Saudis

The Abe administration will launch talks with Saudi Arabia next spring to conclude a nuclear power pact and allow Japanese businesses to export atomic-related infrastructure to the oil-rich nation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who sees such exports as a key component for economic growth, ...