Arab News editor-in-chief lauded for newspaper’s digital, global makeover

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Japan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia Iwai Fumio felicitating Arab News editor-in-chief Faisal Abbas.
  • Faisal Abbas was hosted by Japan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia Iwai Fumio for a commendation reception.
  • In 2019, Arab News became the first pan-Arab media outlet to launch a Japanese edition.

Japan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Iwai Fumio has lauded Arab News editor-in-chief Faisal Abbas’s efforts in transforming the newspaper into a more digital and more global platform with several international editions.

Fumio was speaking at a reception hosted at his residence to celebrate the Ambassador’s Commendation in honor of Abbas.

In 2019, the leading Saudi daily English language newspaper became the first pan-Arab media outlet to launch a Japanese edition.

The ambassador said that within only two years of its existence, the Japanese edition of the newspaper has become a credible and reliable source for government officials, business executives and researchers interested in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East.

In his reply speech, Abbas thanked ambassador Fumio and dedicated the commendation to the Saudi leadership and his colleagues at Arab News.

Abbas said the success of the Japanese edition was mainly due to two reasons: the strategic importance and mutual respect which defines the official relationship between Riyadh and Tokyo, and the genuine admiration Saudis have for the Japanese people and their culture.

The digital edition was officially inaugurated in Tokyo during an event held at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ). It coincided with the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito.


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