‘600 Saudi students currently studying in Japanese universities’

‘600 Saudi students currently studying in Japanese universities’
Updated 15 December 2014

‘600 Saudi students currently studying in Japanese universities’

‘600 Saudi students currently studying in Japanese universities’

Some 600 Saudi students in Japanese universities have benefited so far from the King Abdullah scholarship program since its inception in 2007. The scholarship is aimed at improving the students' development in areas related to science, IT and the arts, a Riyadh-based Japanese diplomat was quoted as saying by local media.
Four Japanese students are also studying in Saudi universities, three female students in Prince Noura University and one in King Saud University, Katsuhiko Takahashi, an official working at Japan's embassy, told Al-Hayat daily.
Takahashi said over 800 Japanese are working in different parts of the Kingdom, mainly in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar, adding that the number of Japanese companies in the country now stands at sixty firms.
Talking about business, the diplomat noted that Japan and Saudi Arabia have embarked on joint-investment programs with the Saudi-Japanese Business Commission (SJBC), inaugurated in 2007. Since then, the SJBC has organized a series of seminaries and workshops on potential investments areas as well as trade and business missions between the two countries.
Over the past six years, distinctive investment opportunities have been achieved, including the launch of Isuzu Motors Ltd in the Kingdom. Isuzu Motors is the largest truck manufacturing company in Japan, he pointed out.
As proof that the economic and cooperation ties between the two countries are going strong, the number of visas issued by the Japanese Embassy in Riyadh to Saudis has steadily increased over the years. The number of visas issued in 2013 stood at 4,788 compared to 2,700 in 2009, which is an increase of 77 percent, Takahashi said.
Saudi Arabia and Japan have maintained excellent relations since they established diplomatic relations 59 years ago, he ascertained.
Regarding other cooperation issues, the Japanese diplomat said there were 12,000 Muslims living in Japan who are fully enjoying freedom of faith. Takahashi claimed that despite the enormous distance between Japan and Saudi Arabia in terms of geographic location, there are so many common values shared by the two countries, such as strong family bonds and respect for the elderly.