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Abdur-Rashid A. Sakenov

“Great to see you again…”

On a beautiful spring day on May 11, a man stepped into my research room, pointing at himself as he asked, “Do you remember me? It’s Sakenov. I came hear from Kazakhstan to study at Nanzan,” he said. “It’s ‘Sake-nomu’ san!” I shouted. We teachers remembered Sakenov as “Mr. Sake-Nomu.” (sake+drink)
Abdur-Rashid A. Sakenov came to study at Nanzan University CJS in 1994 as a Japanese government-sponsored international student, going on to graduate from Al-Farabi State University after his return to Kazakhstan. He subsequently came to Japan once again on a scholarship, gaining a Masters degree in economics from Kyoto University.

He now has the weighty responsibility of being in charge of the Kazakhstan National Railway’s China office. The purpose of his trip to Japan was to look into the nature of JR freight systems and he was determined to use what he learned for the betterment of the Kazakhstan National Railway network that extends from China, through Kazakhstan into Russia.
During his stay, Sakenov-san also enjoyed a meal with Tadashi Sakamoto-Sensei, Akiko Tsuda-Sensei and Emi Sato-Sensei who taught him Japanese at CJS, as well as his former classmate Zbigniew Adreanowicz.

This must have been a particularly enjoyable reunion in Japan not only for the staff members, but also for Sakenov-san himself.

Noriko Ban