Now Separate and Independent
It was extremely kind
of you to send Azerbaijan International magazine to me. Indeed,
my interest in the USSR started in 1964 when Tokyo hosted the
Olympic Games. As a freshman at the university, my main interest
focused on relations between the Soviet Union and Mongolia. This
means that I have been following the changes in that area for
more than 35 years.
But strangely enough, when I learned of my new assignment at
the new Japanese Embassy in Azerbaijan, I realized that I knew
little about this small nation as its own entity; everything
I had studied related to the USSR itself.
Stamp commemorating the life and works of Jalil Mammadguluzade,
editor of the famous satiric magazine, "Molla Nasraddin"
(1906-1932). Note the use of Arabic to write "Molla Nasraddin".
1966. Courtesy: Yagub Karimov.
Upon receiving your magazine, I felt as if I had seen a gleam
of hope before me in the darkness. My wife and I will be traveling
to Azerbaijan on February 8, 2000 to be part of the team that
opens the new Embassy there. We look forward to strengthening
relations between our country and Azerbaijan.
Motoyama of Tokyo, Japan
At the Japanese Embassy that has just opened in Baku
(8.1) Spring 2000.
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