Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (L) is escorted by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) during a banquet at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on March 13, 2017. / AFP / POOL / Tomohiro Ohsumi
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked Saudi Arabia's King Salman Monday to support a listing of oil giant Aramco's shares in Tokyo, as financial centers in Asia and elsewhere step up efforts to win the coveted $100 billion listing. Abe made the request for support on the Aramco listing to the Saudi monarch, who responded by saying the kingdom would look into the request because he wants Japanese investors to buy Aramco shares, Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami told reporters.Separately, the governments of Japan and Saudi Arabia said in a joint statement that Aramco and the Tokyo Stock Exchange are considering setting up a joint group to study a Japan listing for the Saudi oil giant.Saudi Arabia is Japan's biggest oil supplier and Japanese refineries and other oil importers bought about $2.2 billion worth of Saudi oil in January.
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