Azerbaijan`s new Diaspora Organization launched in Japan

Sat 18 June 2016 05:50 GMT | 14:50 Local Time

Azerbaijan-Japan Cooperation Association was launched in Tokyo. Chairman of the Foreign Students Organization Alibay Mammadov was elected head of the organization, AzerTag reports.

Alibay Mammadov said reciprocal visits, development of bilateral relations between the two countries; progress achieved in the field of tourism, interests of small and medium entrepreneurs to Azerbaijan gave a push to establishment of the Azerbaijan-Japan Cooperation Association.

The organization aimed to promote Azerbaijan in Japan, as well as to popularize Azerbaijan`s realities, its culture and history.

Producer of “World Investors TV” Kazuyasu Ishida praised establishment of the Organization. He expressed believe that the Association would serve for popularizing Azerbaijan in Japan. The producer said both nations share same values in traditions and culture.


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WSSA 58th International Conference Reno, Nevada, US

I was invited to present a paper on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the occasion of WSSA (Western Social Science Association) 58th International Conference in Reno, Nevada, US.



Famous scholars were gathered in Reno to discuss borderland studies and exchange views and opinions. I am new in this area as a scholar. This conference was perfect chance for me to talk and learn from their experiences.



With John Tomas. He works at Quinnipiac University School of Law. Very nice and gentle man. I really enjoyed to talk with him.



It is really good to seeing and meeting with young scholars on the occasion of international conferences.



He was my futsal mate. We played together many times in Sapporo (the city in Japan). Now we are working on borderland studies. In this picture, we are in Los Angeles international airport and planning to come back to Japan.



Alibay Mammadov



Border Studies Conference in Fukuoka

“Border Studies Conference in Fukuoka” の続きを読む

Japanese television broadcasts program on National Revival Day of Azerbaijan

Japanese “World Investors TV” internet television has broadcast a program on National Revival Day of Azerbaijan.

The program featured chairman of the Foreign Students Organization Alibay Mammadov as a guest who highlighted Azerbaijan`s state independence, as well as National Revival Day, AzerTag reports. He also spoke about the large works carried out in the field of establishment of state under leadership of national leader Heydar Aliyev. “This policy was successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev.” He said. Alibay Mammadov highlighted economy of Azerbaijan, as well as dynamical development of the relevant field over the last years. He also spoke about the reports of the international organizations and the World Bank, which applauded the economic reforms and the current business environment in Azerbaijan. The expert underlined the role of Azerbaijan in ensuring the energy security of Europe.

On business opportunities, Alibay Mammadov provided an insight into progress achieved by the country in the relevant field over the last years. “Reforms in overall fields, facilitated procedures for foreign investors played an important role in development of entrepreneurship. Establishing business relations contributed to development of friendly relations between the two countries. Azerbaijan is crossroad between Asia and Europe,” he said.


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Ishida Kazuyasu and Alibay Mammadov


Alibay Mammadov’s recent research Hopporyodo to Yoron [Public Opinion on the Northern Territories]

“Alibay Mammadov’s recent research Hopporyodo to Yoron [Public Opinion on the Northern Territories], published in 2015, confirms earlier analyses of local residents’ perceptions on the Northern Territories. According to his latest survey in September 2014, those in support of Japan revising its official position away from “four islands as one” have increased to 65%. He concludes that his results demonstrate the rejection by locals of official policy.”

Source: Akihiro Iwashita. Japan’s Border Issues: Pitfalls and Prospects. 2015 (ROUTLEDGE)


Azerbaijani student, who studied in Japan, was in the State Committee on Deals of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.

Azerbaijani student, who studied in Japan, was in the State Committee on Deals of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.

Garay Farhadov and Fuad Huseynov, deputy chairs of the State Committee on Deals of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons of Azerbaijan Republic met Alibay Mammadov, who studied in Japan and at the same time, is the president of Foreign Students Association of Hokkaido University on September 22. They exchanged views in the meeting with Alibay Mammadov, who stressed that there is a huge need to give detailed information in order for expensive publicity of the information on Armenia-Azerbaijan, Mountainous Karabagh conflict, the history of the problem, the situation of our refugees and internally displaced persons in the international arena. It was noted that, in the last 200 years the Azerbaijanis were forcibly subjected to removal from their eternal lands, and to the ethnic cleansing and deportation policy several times as a result of the complex political processes in the South Caucasian region. It was also mentioned that, UN Security Council has adopted four resolutions regarding with the liberation of occupied lands of Azerbaijan, return of the refugees and displaced persons to their native lands. Unfortunately, these decisions and resolutions are still on the paper. Armenia, which neglects the requirements of the international society, is continuing to operate illegally in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. The negotiations which are underway more than 20 years through OSCE Minsk group do not bear any fruit in this regard. In the meeting it was brought into attention that, this dispute is not only dangerous for South Caucasus region, but also for the entire world. Because Armenia currently uses Azerbaijani territories as a transit to transfer narcotic substances and prepares terrorist groups which are directed toward different countries. The Azerbaijani student Alibay Mammadov by expressing his gratitude for sincere acceptance and detailed information stressed that he met internally displaced persons and got acquainted with their living condition while coming to Azerbaijan. He also mentioned that, his main aim is to provide extensive dissemination of the realities on the conflict in Japan.



Source: State Committee on Deals of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons of Azerbaijan Republic

HUISA made a presentation for New International Students of Hokkaido University

Presentation about HUISA (Hokkaido University International Students Association) has been made by HUISA Executive Committee (2015/2016)  for New International Students of Hokkaido University, on 2nd October 2015. 

HUISA President’s speech has started with these notes:

“Hello everyone, my name is Alibay Mammadov. I am from Azerbaijan and I am the president of HUISA. This is my 2nd and last year as a President. Please look at this screen. Today we would like to talk about ourselves, who we are, what we are doing? What can we do for you, to make your student life more better and more interesting. What is the purposes and main goals of our organization. I will speak to you very briefly and then my colleagues will introduce themselves and talk about the events which we are organizing.

  • HUISA promotes the well-being of international students, encourage interaction and understanding among international students, as well as among International and Japanese students and the people of Hokkaido, Japan.
  • Conduct social, cultural, and educational- activities on behalf of and for its members.
  • Coordination center for societies concerned with the international students at Hokkaido University.
  • Build up a relationship between  Hokkaido University and other Universities in Japan and throughout the world.

…to achieve all these,

            we organize various events

                                        for international students,

                                                                    their family, and friends

After president’s speech, Vice-president (Deepu Darshu from India), Public Relation Officer (Mohamed Shehata from Egypt), Treasurer (Qiangqiang Xie from China), Secretary of Sports and Recreation (Zetryana Puteri Tachrim from Indonesia) and Webpage Administrator (Wilfred John Santianez from Philippine) continued the presentation by reviewing our main events and activities. 

Alibay Mammadov 

The President of Hokkaido University International Students Association (HUISA)

Photo taken by Nakatani Shinji.
President making speech about HUISA’s Thrust
Photo taken by Nakatani Shinji
Vice-president (Deepu Darshu from India)
Waiting for presentation
Waiting for presentation


more than 300 new students Photo taken by Nakatani Shinji
more than 300 new students
Photo taken by Nakatani Shinji
Public Relation Officer (Mohamed Shehata from Egypt)
Treasurer (Qiangqiang Xie from China)
Secretary of Sports and Recreation (Zetryana Puteri Tachrim from Indonesia)
Webpage Administrator (Wilfred John Santianez from Philippine)

P.S. All Photos taken by Nakatani Shinji

From the Land of Fire to the Land of Snow. My way from Baku to Sapporo.

My name is Alibay Mammadov. But in Japan, everyone calls me “Aribei” (the Japanese pronunciation). I am currently in the first year (February 2014) of my master’s at the Graduate School of Letters.

Winter in Hokkaido 2013 December
Winter in Hokkaido
2013 December

My homeland is The Republic of Azerbaijan but I was born in Moscow as my parents – both Azerbaijanis were studying in Moscow State University at that time. They are historians. After the collapse of the Soviet Union my parents took me there and I grew up in Baku, the capital and largest city in the country. The meaning of Baku is “Wind-pounded city”. Let me share a little information about my country. Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Azerbaijan has an ancient and historic cultural heritage, including the distinction of being the first Muslim-majority country to have operas, theater and plays. It is also a very fortunate country with its large stocks of natural resources – especially oil and natural gas, centuries-old culture, history and ancient people, whose lifestyle presents a unique and harmonious combination of the traditions and ceremonies of different cultures and civilizations. Azerbaijan is also known as The Land of Fire.

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As a child my mother gave me a lot of information about Japan, Japanese history, the beauty of Japanese culture, Japanese people and from an early age, I grew to love and respect Japan. When I graduated from high school I decided to learn the Japanese language to try and understand this marvelous country better. It took four long years, but after committing myself to the language, I began to speak Japanese fluently and also made many Japanese friends. I also read a lot of books, articles and magazines and began to discover the territorial issues that Japan faces with her neighboring countries.

These issues fascinated me partly because Azerbaijan also is dealing with the same kind of issues. In order to learn more about territorial disputes from the Japanese perspective, I decided to come to Japan to study the issue first-hand. As luck had it, I had one particular Japanese friend in Azerbaijan who recommended Hokkaido University as a great place to research territorial issues facing Japan. In order to enter, I had to pass an exam at the Embassy of Japan in Baku. I was so relieved when I found out I had passed – it also made my family so happy knowing the opportunity had opened up so many doors for me and my future.

Finally I got the chance to come to my dreamland- Japan.

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After coming to Japan, I made a lot of friends from different countries in Sapporo. We often meet and talk about what is going well and not so well in our lives studying abroad. Thanks to this discussion, I really feel we are becoming stronger as people as well. I personally love living in Sapporo.

It’s beautiful all four seasons of the year. Back in Baku, the climate is similar to that of Tokyo and it snows just once or twice over winter. I think that winter without snow is not a real winter and Sapporo is the land of snow. During my first winter spent in Sapporo, I was shocked at the amount of snow that falls!

When I have free time I love to play futsal with my friends. I have a strong passion for futsal. Futsal is not a just game for me, it’s a way to unwind after study and reenergize for new challenges that I may face in my daily life in Hokkaido.

So far, my life in Sapporo has been fantastic. It’s a great place to study and the people of Hokkaido are really nice and very kind to foreigners. This makes it so much easier to know that there is genuine support out there from the community. In the future I would like to become a bridge between Azerbaijan and Japan.

About my homeland! AZERBAIJAN!

Location: South Western Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea Borders: Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Russia, Turkey Population: 9.36 million Language: Azerbaijani Currency: Azerbaijani Manat Area: 86,600 km² (just slightly larger than the island of Hokkaido) Capital: Baku Independence: 30th of August, 1991 (from Soviet Union) Nominal GDP: 72.2 Billion (per capita $7,850 based on 2012 estimates) Natural Resources: Petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, nonferrous metals, bauxite, and underground water

Source: Hokkaido University magazine 2014