TOKYO: Go Nagai, the internationally-renowned Japanese artist known for legendary anime creations such as “Grendizer” and “Mazinger Z” is looking forward to visiting Saudi Arabia and meeting Arab fans.
In an exclusive interview for the upcoming Japanese edition of Arab News, Nagai thanked his Saudi fans for their appreciation of his works, such as the “UFO Robot Grendizer” animated TV series.
“I really appreciate that people in Saudi Arabia love Grendizer I created. I hope you will continue enjoying my work in the future,” he told Arab News.
Nagai also expressed a desire to visit Saudi Arabia in the near future.
“I’m sure I will be surprised by many things when I visit Saudi Arabia," he said. “Each country has a long history and a rich culture, so when I go to Saudi Arabia I would like to enjoy the culture and history and absorb something new as well.”
Go Nagai is also a prolific author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The full Go Nagai interview will run in Arab News Japan in both English and Japanese next week. In honor of his Arab fans, Nagai has also personally hand-drawn the masthead of the upcoming Arab News Japan edition.
Arab News Japan will launch in Tokyo at a special event held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ) on Oct. 21, a day before the highly anticipated enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito.
The launch of a dual Japanese-language online edition is a part of the ongoing global expansion plan of Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English language daily.
Arab News Japan is the second international edition under the Arab News brand, following the highly successful launch of its Pakistani edition in February 2018.
Faisal J. Abbas, Arab News Editor-in-Chief, announced the Arab News Japan project at the G1 Global conference in Tokyo on Sept. 16.
“We hope that our new service arabnews.jp helps bring a better mutual understanding of both our rich cultures and become a trusted communication channel where our friends in Japan can rely on us for credible information and insightful analysis,” Abbas said on the occasion.
Arab News is part of the regional publishing group Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG). It has been the English language newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the region for more than 40 years.