of country of residence and the kind of profession engaged in whoever
considers himself/herself Azerbaijani should do constructive things for
the HOME COUNTRY by making maximum use of his/her intellectual, physical, and
Keeping this in mind, founding the AJFA and promoting
Azerbaijan in Japan within my limited resources is one of my deeds for
and President of the
Azerbaijan-Japan Friendship Association
Rahman Shahhuseynli, Ph.D.
Friendship Association (AJFA) has been founded on November 21st, 2002, in Nagoya
city of Japan. The founder of the Association is
who was enrolled at Master's Program in International Cooperation at the
Graduate School of International Development
when he established the Association.
Some Japanese professors and students of Nagoya University have also taken an
active role in the founding the AJFA.
The main purpose in creating this Association is to
make Azerbaijan known publicly in Japan. The main drive for establishing the
AJFA was the fact that by that time time most
of the Japanese did not even know the name of this country. The
Association aims to establish tight friendship and cooperation and cultural and educational relations between these two countries.
The Association aims to create true and positive image of Azerbaijan among the Japanese
people by publicizing Azerbaijan's history, language, literature, customs,
geography, music, folklore, well-known personalities, and other specific
One of the main goals of the Association is to bring
the facts of occupations of the Azeri lands, the Karabakh province above all, to
mass public attention of Japan. The Karabakh war, the Khojaly genocide, the
Malybeyli mass-killing and many more, all of which have been committed by
Armenians, are made public in Japan through activities of the Association. In addition,
the AJFA searches and collects reliable sources
of information about Azerbaijan and Japan, publishes them in its bulletins and
site, and tries to divulge any biased sources of information that harm the
friendly relations between the two countries. The AJFA helps its members and
beneficiaries of its services to access correct information about Azerbaijan