Go Nagai, the world-famous Japanese artist known for legendary anime creations such as Grendizer and Mazinger, has hand-drawn the logo of Arab News Japan, which is to be launched in Tokyo next week.
Arab News Japan and the logo will be unveiled together on Oct. 21 to coincide with the week-long enthronement ceremony of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito.
Having created some of the most well-known anime, Nagai is famous for revolutionizing the super-robot genre. His 50 years of work in the industry was celebrated with an exhibition at the Ueno Museum in Tokyo in August.
Speaking to Arab News on the occasion, Nagai said that he was pleasantly surprised to discover that he had such a massive fanbase in the Middle East.
“I hope you will continue enjoying my work in the future. I know humans live tough lives in various environments, but I know they feel liberated and happy when they watch anime and immerse themselves in fantasy worlds.”
Nagai is also a prolific author of science fiction and fantasy.
His logo will become integral to Arab News Japan, which will provide a content mix that blends original reporting from both Japan and the Middle East and translations of Arab News’ award-winning English content.
The launch of a dual English/Japanese-language online edition is part of the ongoing “More Digital, More Global” expansion plan of Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language daily.
Arab News Japan is the second international edition launched under the Arab News brand, following the highly successful Pakistani edition in February 2018.
Arab News Editor-in-Chief Faisal J. Abbas announced the Arab News Japan project at the G1 Global conference in Tokyo on Sept. 16.
“We hope that our new service arabnews.jp helps bring a better mutual understanding of both our rich cultures and becomes a trusted communication channel where our friends in Japan can rely on us for credible information and insightful analysis,” Abbas told conference delegates.
Arab News is part of the regional publishing group Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG). It has been the English newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the region for more than 40 years.