Tokyo — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held wide-ranging talks with Japan’s Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace here on Tuesday.
The King was awarded the Order of the Chrysanthemum, Japan’s highest order, by Emperor Akihito.
King Salman later attended the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 Business Forum.
On the sidelines of the King’s visit, the Saudi Stock Exchange “Tadawul” and the Japan Exchange Group, Inc. (JPX) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday that will formalize and develop further cooperation between the two exchanges.
The memorandum signed by Eng. Khalid Alhussan, Chief Executive Officer of Tadawul and Akira Kiyota, Chief Executive Officer of Japan Exchange Group, aims at building a closer relationship by enabling knowledge exchange in areas of mutual interest to better develop both markets.
A cooperation agreement was signed between the Saudi Ministry of Education and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sport and Technology for an executive program for scientific cooperation between the two ministries.
A document for cooperation signed by Japan and Saudi Arabia on Monday indicated that the two countries will move to strengthen economic ties.
In the document, titled “Japan-Saudi Vision 2030,” the Japanese and Saudi governments agreed to work together on a total of 43 projects, 31 of which will be designated as pilot projects. These will include spreading the use of renewable energy in Saudi Arabia and helping to develop the country’s manufacturing sector.
Toyota Motor Corp. will conduct a joint survey with the Saudi Arabian side to see if it can produce cars built entirely in the Kingdom.
Meanwhile, Secretary of the Japanese Muslims Association Sheikh Amin Tokomats said the visit of King Salman to Japan means a lot for the Japanese, in general, and the Japanese Muslims, in particular.
He praised Saudi contribution for the advancement of Japanese Muslims, notably, the latest assistance to establish the new Islamic Center in Tokyo.