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Historical View
 
Establishment and historical development
 

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Japan enjoy strong relations. This has been particularly so because of the interest and desire of both countries to cooperate.

The Royal Order No-5/M/11751, dated 17/05/1398, was meant to establish the Arabic Islamic Institute in Tokyo as a scientific minaret and an important link between Japan and the Kingdom.

It was also keen about strengthening cultural exchange and dialogue with Japan on the one hand, and taking a leading role in promoting Islam, presenting the true picture about Arab and Islamic civilization and care for the conditions of Moslems around the world on the other hand.

The Imam Mohamed Bin Saud University was assigned to supervise it and it was inaugurated in 1402H which corresponds to 1982G.


 

 
Historical overview
 

Shibuya location (1982-1986):
In 1402H (1982) when the Institute was launched, it occupied a building rented for it in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. It performed its mission here until the end of 1406H (1986).

Azabu location (1987-1996):
With the support of the Saudi Arabian government, the headquarters was relocated in 1407H which corresponds to 1987G to the former building of the Saudi Embassy in the strategic Minato-Azabu district. This move contributed to its stability.

Rebuilding period (1996-1999):
The Custodian of the Holy Mosques, Allah safeguards him, decided to build a new headquarters for the Institute. He thus issued a Royal Order allocating twenty seven million riyals as subvention to reconstruct the former building of the Saudi Embassy. The building was rebuilt on a space of 1389 square meters using the most modern architecture. It is now the present headquarters of the Institute.

New Azabu location:
The Imam Mohamed Bin Saud University in general and the Arabic Islamic Institute in Tokyo have continuously benefited from the generosity of the Saudi government.
The Royal Order No. 9/710/M, dated 06/06/1421H, was issued allocating an operational budget for the Institute that amounted in the first year (1420-1421H) to 1.305.600 USD. The Institute is already provided with laboratories, offices and teaching furniture of the best quality. The Arabic Islamic Institute in Tokyo began to send its floodlights after studies were resumed there on 08/01/1422H which corresponds to 02/04/2001G.
There have also been symposia, lectures and other cultural activities.




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