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From Kyrgyzstan to Waseda

Mr. Seitek Kachkinbaev
1st Year Student in the Master's Program of the Graduate School of Political Science

Mr. Seitek Kachkinbaev has come to our graduate school from Kyrgyzstan. “Kyrgyzstan is a country unknown to most Japanese, but Kyrgyz people adore Japan,” he says.

He spent a lot of time with Japanese people while he was studying at China's Shandong University as a 20 year old. It was through that experience that led to a genuine interest in Japan. He was also influenced by his grandfather who was well-versed in Korean and Far Eastern affairs. On returning to Kyrgyzstan, he took a Japanese language and business course at the Japan Center. “Four years of intense Japanese study whetted my appetite for studying in Japan.” During his time back in Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Kachkinbaev befriended a Buddhist monk. Sharing the same values as this monk, he made up his mind to come to Japan.

Before entering Waseda, he studied at Rissho University and, on the recommendation of the monk, lived at Mayaji Temple in Shinagawa Ward for two years while grinding away at his studies. “I did all the morning duties such as cleaning, washing and sutra-chanting. They were very tolerant toward my studies and personal life, and while leading a well-regulated life, I was able to learn the Japanese language and culture in a wonderful environment,” he comments when looking back on his time here. He continues, “The politeness and dignity shown by the people of Japan is something lost nowadays in Kyrgyzstan.”

He entered the Master's Program of Waseda University in April 2007 and is currently researching “comparisons in the change to democracy in Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia”, under the guidance of Professor Takayuki Ito. “It has been less than 20 years since democracy was introduced to Kyrgyzstan. By studying abroad, I want to learn state-management methods and thoroughly prepare myself as a future politician!” Along with his studies, Mr. Kachkinbaev also enjoys practicing kendo.

Through his fervent research, Mr. Kachkinbaev has set himself a clear goal. “I want to promote Kyrgyz language and culture more.” “In recent years in Kyrgyzstan, younger people are using the native Kyrgyz language less and less and turning to Russian. In bookstores you can only find Russian books. Very few are written in Kyrgyz.”
He is currently preparing his doctoral dissertation. “If all goes to plan, I will go home after completing my doctorate, and of course, strive to become a political scholar and politician!”, Mr. Kachkinbaev proudly exclaims when talking of his dream.

(Offered by WASEDA WEEKLY)