Japanese PM Abe receives Saudi minister

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe receives Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, minister of state, in Tokyo on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 22 October 2019

Japanese PM Abe receives Saudi minister

  • Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony will be attended by around 2,000 guests from Japan and over 180 countries

TOKYO: State Minister Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz arrived in Tokyo on Monday to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito on behalf of King Salman. He conveyed greetings from the king and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Japanese people.
During the meeting, the prince, who is also a member of the Saudi Shoura Council, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reviewed friendly ties between the two countries and discussed various issues of mutual interest.
Saudi Ambassador to Japan Naif bin Marzouq Al-Fadi and other officials were also present.
Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony will be attended by around 2,000 guests from Japan and over 180 countries.


Comic book fans unite at Stan Lee Super Con in Riyadh

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Comic book fans unite at Stan Lee Super Con in Riyadh

  • Part of Riyadh Season, Anime Expo brings together creative minds for a first-of-its-kind agreement

RIYADH: The Stan Lee Super Con kick-started at the Riyadh Front, providing a place for comic book fans to express themselves.

The conventions were divided into two parts — Anime Con and the Stan Lee Super Con. The Super Con was a comic nerd’s dream come true, bringing together everything from the Batmobile, the Delorian from “Back to the Future” and the time-traveling Tardis from “Doctor Who.”

The convention also brought together a variety of celebrities, including actors, creators and famous artists.

The comic book artist Bob Layton, best known for his work in Marvel Comics’ “Iron Man” and “Hercules” sat in a booth to give autographs to star-struck fans.

“I am looking forward to seeing Saudi Arabia very much — because of work I haven’t seen much. When I travel, I am more interested in where culture is than where it has been, especially in Saudi Arabia because this country is opening up and it is very exciting,” Layton told Arab News.

“I am very glad to be meeting so many Saudis here, since they come here to see me. Americans have a very warped perception of Muslim countries and I don’t share that because once you get to meet the people you see that we are very much alike.”

He shared his story of how he got into comics, which tells of how useful of a tool comic books can be: He learned how to read by reading comics.

“All the pictures made sense to me and as a child it made me want to understand what was in the text balloons, so I became a reader at the age of four. If they can teach a four-year-old how to read, they can teach a lot of things to a lot of people.

“Part of my achievement as a comic artist is that my work has transcended comics and became global. So, now wherever I go in the world I see that comics have become universal.”

The actor Sam J. Jones, who played the infamous “Flash Gordon” in the 1980 film, was also present.

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Saudi Arabia and Japan have signed an agreement to bring ‘Captain Tsubasa,’ created by Yoichi Takahashi, back to the small screen. The cartoon, known as ‘Captain Majid’ in the Arab world, is an old-school favorite in the Middle East. The anime is expected to air on Dec. 1 on MBC.

He said he was thrilled to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time, and was deeply moved by the positive attitude of the Saudi people.

“Even before I stepped in Saudi Arabia I traveled with Saudi Airlines, and even in Los Angeles when I arrived at the ticket counter everybody was smiling, and people haven’t stopped since.

“I did the panel and met people afterward and the fans have been amazing. It is a blessing to be here in Riyadh for the first time, I am used to doing comic cons but this being my first time in Saudi Arabia is amazing and hopefully, there will be more to come.”

Melinda Jean, a cosplayer, walked among the crowd with a magnificent cape, dressed up as the popular villain Hela from “Thor: Ragnarok.” She was extremely excited to be a part of the Super Con, she said.

“I am so excited — it is my first time being in Saudi Arabia. It is so surreal that we are here, and we get to do this. I will be sharing my tips and tricks on how to become a cosplayer and get into cosplay so I will be here all weekend.”