Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

Japan co-authored the UN General Assembly resolution on the Semipalatinsk region and initiated the International Conference on the problems of the former Semipalatinsk test site in Tokyo in September 1999. Since March 1998, joint activities are held to study the consequences of the nuclear tests. Medical and public institutions of Semey, Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been established close cooperation in this field.

Since 2002, the Kazakhstan-Japan Center for Human Resource Development has been functioning in Almaty.

In 2005, the National Day of Kazakhstan was held at EXPO 2005 Aichi with performances of well-known artists of Kazakhstan, including ensembles “Gulder", “Ulytau", “Alkissa", etc.

In 2008, the Festival of Kazakhstan's Culture was held in Tokyo with the participation of “Otyrar Sazy", “Camerata of Kazakhstan", well-known masters of opera and performing arts.

In 2012, young musicians of Zhurgenov Kazakh National Academy of Arts performed in Tokyo. In August 2012, People's Artist of Kazakhstan Roza Rymbaeva gave the charity concerts in Hiroshima.

In 2014, the concerts of Semey Philharmonic artists were held in Tokyo. In 2015, Terra Dance Theater performed Kazakh traditional dances in Tokyo.

In October 2016, the largest halls of Japan – Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Sinjuku Bunka Center hosted Astana Ballet Theatre's successful performances.

Kazakh filmmakers regularly participate and receive high awards at the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival TIFF and the Tokyo Film Festival FILMеX.

In September-October 2016, as a part of the events of the “Central Asia plus Japan" Dialogue two Kazakhstan's movies were presented to the Japanese audience – a historical drama “Myn Bala" and a comedy “Walnut tree".

There are close academic cooperation has been established between universities of Kazakhstan and Japan, including Nazarbayev University, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Tokyo University, Tsukuba Universitiy, Tokai University, Waseda University and others.

In November 2016, during the visit to Japan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Tokai University and the 2016 Culture of Peace Special Award of the Goi Peace Foundation.

On November 5, 2016, a new type of Chrysanthemum – “President Nazarbayev" was presented by Japanese company Kokka-en during the 33rd All Japan Chrysanthemum Festival (Osaka Prefecture).

On February 27, 2017, Ministry of Culture and Sport of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of Japan signed the Memorandum on cooperation in the field of sports.

Within the framework of the “Ruhani zhangyru” program, on November 14, 2017, a book donation ceremony was held in Tokyo between the National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Tokyo Central Library, during which 200 books were handed over to the Japanese side, about 100 books to the Kazakh side.

On December 21 and 25, 2017 in Tokyo, the Kazakh State Academic Drama Theater named after Mukhtar Auezov presented a performance of “Ahiko from Aktas”.

From 14 to 20 November 2018 in the cities of Kawasaki, Yokohama, Tokyo and Hamamatsu, a series of concerts “The Great Heritage of the Turkic World” took place, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY).

Created at : 17.03.2017, 10:50, Updated at : 10.01.2017, 10:50