Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language daily, has launched an eagerly awaited Japanese-language online edition as part of its ongoing global expansion
As a symbol of the cordial business, trading and cultural relations between the Kingdom and Japan, arabnews.jp commenced coverage to coincide with the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo.
The launch event took place at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. The news site, arabnews.jp, which is available in both Japanese and English, will focus on enabling exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, arts and culture. The arrival of Arab News to Japan has been welcomed by Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo and the first woman ever to hold the post.
“I want to congratulate Arab News on the launch of their Japanese edition,” she told the audience. “This is wonderful news for me in particular as I have worked to strengthen ties between Japan and the Middle East for so many years.”
Koike is no stranger to the Middle East or the Arab world. She studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo, graduating in sociology, and spent five years in Cairo in the 1970s, a time she thinks of fondly.
“I hope Arab News will be able to act as a bridge to promote mutual understanding between Japan and Saudi Arabia and all the Middle East,” she said.
Giving the keynote speech at the ceremony, Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said: “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world.”
He added: “We share common values, we have a high respect for elders, and we think that family is very important … To me we are friends, and I think we need to work together.”
He said: “In order to do that, we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis … Now that Arab News is in Japan, they are going to start news in Japanese.”
Saudi Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qasabi, who attended the event, said: “Japan is a long-time reliable strategic partner and friend. Since 1955, business has been great between the two countries.”
He added: “We appreciate all the cooperation, the partnerships and the business with the Japanese community.”
He said: “The Kingdom … has a special relation, especially the crown prince of Saudi Arabia with the new emperor.”
Al-Qasabi added: “We hope that Japan will have a fruitful future, and I would like to congratulate Arab News. This is a great opportunity, a moment in history … We should be present here with our friends in Japan.”
The launch event was attended by Arab News Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas, Deputy Editor in Chief Tareq Mishkhas, regional head for Japan Ali Itani, other team members and guests from the diplomatic, business and academic communities in Japan.
The Japanese-language edition is the first in a foreign language and the second under the Arab News brand, following the highly successful launch of the Pakistan edition.
The content of arabnews.jp is a mix of original reporting from both the Middle East and Japan, and translated feed of some of the newspaper’s most important news and views.
Arab News is part of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG). It has been the English newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the region for over 40 years.