Arab News poll finds that Arabs view Japan positively, most want to ride the bullet train

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Updated 12 October 2020

Arab News poll finds that Arabs view Japan positively, most want to ride the bullet train

The Sankei News reports that an Arab News poll shows Arabs have an overwhelmingly positive view of Japan, its people, and its role in the world.

More than 50 percent of people cited Samurais, Japan's car industry and sushi as their top three associations with Japan.

While only 4 percent of respondents of the poll, conducted in coordination with YouGov, 87 percent said they would like to visit in the future. The poll also found that the majority of Arabs see Japan as a more neutral mediator for Arab-Israeli peace talks than Western countries, and roughly three in four said they saw Japan-GCC relations as positive.

Many people — 63 percent — said they would one day like to ride Japan’s bullet train, and Arabs ranked Japan’s product quality across cars, lifestyle and electronic items as first in the world.

Arabs News’ Editor-in-Chief Faisal Abbas is quoted in the article.

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Bander Asiri, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 15 min 21 sec ago

Bander Asiri, Saudi Shoura Council member

Bander Asiri has been appointed for a second four-year term as Shoura Council member by a royal decree issued last week.

The decree, issued by King Salman, appointed 150 members to the council for a period of four years and it will be headed by Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh. 

During his career in public office, Asiri worked as the acting president of the General Commission for Audiovisual Media from July 2015 to November 2017. He was also the chairman of the board at the Arab Satellite Communications Organization during the same period.

Asiri was the chairman of the board of the Saudi Media Measurement Co. from September 2016 to November 2017, a board member of Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Co. from March 2017 to November 2017, and the General Entertainment Authority from November 2016 to November 2017.

Prior to that, Asiri held several senior positions in the private sector including director general of Al-Khaleejiah Advertising and Public Relations Co. from September 2007 to September 2011, and the human resources development manager at Almarai Co. from July 2003 to March 2006.

He also founded several companies in the digital and marketing market. Asiri graduated from his studies in English at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh and obtained his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Leicester, UK.

He believes that the legislative role that the Shoura Council undertakes creates the required policy framework for achieving Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

Asiri also believes that the efficiency and effectiveness that the Shoura Council operates under makes it a leader compared to other G20 legislative bodies. This can be seen in the number of laws and policies issued by the council annually.