We were walking through the government section of Tokyo, when my daughter was surprised to notice lots of green-with-a-sword Saudi flags flying. She surmised that some state visit must be happening. So I saw the front page of a newspaper this morning, and sure enough:
"Saudi King brings two golden escalators... for four day trip to Japan"
Apparently the escalators are for getting on and off his jet.
The Saudis sell Japan a lot of oil, but that business is not as profitable as it was, and they are hoping to sell other stuff to Japan. What other things they have to sell... I'm not clear on.
The Saudis are looking to diversify
Now that oil prices are not so high.