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On April 14, the founding meeting of the Association of Kazakhs in Japan was held at the Embassy of Kazakhstan, Kazpravda.kz refers to the press office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan informing.
The first public organization of this kind in Japan has the aim of uniting Kazakhstan nationals and ethnic Kazakhs (қandastar) living in the country to support contacts and mutual support.
According to the embassy of Kazakhstan, currently 191 citizens of our country and about 70 ethnic Kazakhs from China, Mongolia and Uzbekistan, who are in the country for work or study, reside in Japan on a permanent basis.
During the event, the head of the Association Abdibek Kalybek, a surgeon at the Juntendo University clinic, presented the activities of the association.
Establishment of business interaction, implementation of cultural and humanitarian projects and information support of Kazakh-Japanese cooperation are identified as the main directions of the Association's activities.
Ambassador of Kazakhstan Yerlan Baudarbek-Kozhatayev said that at the height of coronavirus outbreak, compatriots living in Japan demonstrated their unity and joined forces to provide humanitarian assistance to the population of Kazakhstan, which resulted in the idea of creating an association.
During the opening ceremony held online, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Association of Kazakhs in Japan and the Otandastar Public Foundation.
Vice-President of the Otandastar Foundation Magauiya Sarbasov emphasized the importance of expanding ties with expat communities in other countries, and informed about the programs of the Foundation on preservation of the language and ethnic culture of compatriots.
It should be noted that in 2018, the Association of Kazakhstan students was also established in Japan, whose main goal is to assist in adaptation to everyday life, the educational process and the socio-cultural environment.