Envoy living out his childhood dream

Voices | OUR MAN IN TOKYO 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 to Japan ...

Saudi nuclear talks to move ahead

National 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 bin ...

Saudi anti-terror law alarms activists

World / Politics 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 state ...

'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

World 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 ...

World / Politics 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 address, ...

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, agreed ...