In the life of every man there comes a time, after which his views on life, the environment, the people, the work change for the better. Such changes occur especially after familiarization with new society, or after attending any event, particularly at the training program. Japan is a country after visit of which person acquires such knowledge that will be useful through his whole life. Recently, I got a unique chance to visit Japan in the framework of the training program “Business Management of agribusiness for CIS countries and Mongolia ” organized by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which was conducted from 15 to 28 May 2016 in the city of Obihiro Tokachi region. The region of Tokachi is in Hokkaido island and has unique opportunity for the agriculture development. The city of Obihiro, where we lived, despite its relatively small territory, is developed industrial and agricultural city in Japan. Seminars and lectures were held at the Hokkaido International Center in Obihiro (OBIC), which had all the facilities for conducting high-quality seminars and comfortable stay. Beauty and decoration of the city’s infrastructure, hospitable people, people’s relationship with nature has made a very good impression on me.
The distinctive feature of this training program was theoretical lectures and practical and organized excursions to the enterprises of agribusiness, which helped to become more familiar with the organization and management of the Japanese system of agribusiness management. Lectures were conducted by experienced specialist Mr. Shinichi TSUBOI, who conducted lectures at very high level, held a discussion on the topics, answered all questions, and also familiarize students with specific case studies of companies and methods of business analysis. I need to mention the work of our translator Mr.Djuna Kantori, who always and everywhere helped us. Main topics of training were following: basics of business and how to start a business, basic knowledge about marketing and its theories, methods of conducting enterprise analysis, product and overall business (SWOT), the study of Japanese production methods and quality control (Kaizen), examining the management of food safety (HAACP), the study of methods of operations management (5S),as well as field trips to various agribusinesses for practical acquaintance with their methods of activity. At the end of training friendly meeting with representatives of the companies was organized and future cooperation opportunities were discussed.
Having been in Japan, I learned a lot, but I think that the most important is the organization of the working environment at your work, the basic theoretical and practical skills and requirements for starting and running business, ability to analyze the business environment, and also study of Japanese methods of agribusiness management. One of the new features for me that I learned to cook pizza. All this knowledge and memories of Japan will remain with me forever. Due to the fact that we had a very friendly team of participants, I found a lot of good friends. And I’m sure all the knowledge that I received during my training in Japan will be very useful for me in my future career. The economic reforms conducted by our President Mr.Ilham Aliyev in the field of agriculture, contributed to the comprehensive development of this sector in our country, and I hope that in the future I would be able to make a contribution to the development of our agriculture sector with knowledge I gained in Japan.
At the end, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Service on Management of Agricultural Projects and Credits, to JICA Program Coordinator in Azerbaijan, as well as to JICA at whole for providing me with such unique chance to take part at this Training Program and visit Japan.
I do hope in the future I will come again to Japan and enhance my knowledge with new skills and abilities.
Thank you, Japan!!!!