Japanese seek multilayered relations

Japanese seek multilayered relations
Updated 08 May 2015

Japanese seek multilayered relations

Japanese seek multilayered relations

A delegation from the Japanese Parliament’s House of Representatives have concluded a two-day visit to strengthen political ties between Japan and Saudi Arabia.
In an interview with Arab News, Taro Kono, a member of the house of representatives, said: “We discussed with Saudi officials the importance of building multilayered relations between our countries at all levels, and not just limited to the Foreign Ministry level".
The delegation also included Jun Matsumoto and Keisuke Suzuki from the house of representatives of the National Parliament of Japan.
“We will also visit other countries during our tour. However, we are concentrating our efforts in the Middle East this time. We have visited Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and now Saudi Arabia".
Kono added that his delegation held talks with Adel Fakeih, minister of planning and economy; Adel Al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information; Ali Al-Ghafis, governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation; as well as with officials of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency.
The delegation discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between the Kingdom and Japan in the field of technical and vocational training, as the TVTC is currently operating three technical and vocational institutes in partnership with Japanese counterparts.
The Japanese delegation also visited the Saudi Electronics and Home Appliances (SEHAI), a Saudi-Japanese joint venture whose aim is to help create new technical job opportunities in electronics, office equipment, home appliances and air conditioning.
“SEHAI is doing great work in developing Saudi graduates for work force readiness, and we hope that they will become successful in their jobs in local companies after graduation,” he said.
Fahad S. Al-Harbi, SEHAI director, said that the idea behind the establishment of SEHAI, a nonprofit specialized electronics and home appliance institute, was to qualify Saudi youth and provide them with technical skills for their future professional development.
“Overall, we are pleased with the results of our visit. We invited Minister Adel Fakeih to visit Japan and he said that he will hopefully come this month,” said Kono, whose delegation also represented the parliamentary group entitled the Japan-Arab Leadership Network.
Among other members of the delegation were Tomohito Shinoda, International University of Japan vice president, Haruo Horie, president of Midori Kagaku Company Limited, and Mitsuko Horie, a doctor from Horie Clinic.