The new bound between Africa and Japan
−Meeting with Mamadou chan
Diallo Mamadou （French teacher, Guinea）
− When did you come to Japan?
M: I came here in 2016.
− Why did you choose Japan in many countries?
M: To tell the truth, I
have been to European countries including Switzerland.
− How was Swiss
M: They are very sweet.
− Then why did you choose Japan?
M: I was interested in new things and different cultures.
There are many
western people in Africa.
But there are few Japanese people and many Chinese
I like different things and I came to Japan.
− How did you feel in Japan when you came here?
What did you think of Japanese people?
M: I thought Japanese people work
hard and are organized. I like Japanese people.
I like Japanese culture
which mixes traditional and modern.
− How about Japanese people
M: I really wanted to have Japanese friends but it is not easy
to make friends because I don’t speak Japanese well.
−I think so.
Speaking of Mr. Bar, he is a Guinean like you, he said he had many Japanese
M: I know it, but Mr. Bar has been staying here for many
He is good at Japanese language.
−That is the reason. So
you should also master it.
M: I know.
−Did you have any bad
experiences about Japanese people?
M: I often had bad experiences on the
trains. Many Japanese passengers changed their seat after I sat on the next
seat. One day, a lady suddenly held her bag tightly when she saw me in the
elevator like I would stole her bag.
− Very bad. I’m sorry.
understand it now. I think Japanese people haven’t gotten used to African
people like me. They are afraid of me. But they will get used to African
people after Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
− I hope so. Thank you. By
the way, what was your best experience in Japan?
M: One is a travel to
Kyoto. Kyoto is a very nice place. There are many traditional buildings such
as temples and shrines.
− Do you have traditional things in your
M: Yes, but our country is already covered by western
culture. Many things look like western items. So I’m very impressed to keep
traditional things and learn Japanese culture.
− So what will you do
after learning much about Japan?
M: I will be back to Guinea and start a
project about education.
M: I think Japanese
education is very nice.
− How about your countries’ education?
There are so many people who cannot read in my country.
percent children go to elementary school?
M: I’m not sure, but about
−How about high schools and colleges?
M: It’s 60% until
junior high school, 40% in high school. College and university is 20%.
knew many things about education after coming to Japan. Many children go to
school alone. They are very independent.
− I know many foreigners say
M: I want to establish a language school at first, then I will open
another school where students can learn some skills such as carpenter,
electrical worker, mechanic and so on. I think students can get a good job
easily. I want people to get good jobs and nicer lives.
− what a
wonderful plan you have!!
M: I want Japan to invest in our country.
− I see. Will you please tell me the difference between your country and
M: As many foreigners say, Japan is very clean but our country is
not. There are many trash on the streets.
− How about public
transportation? Are taxi also dirty?
M: Taxies and trains are okay but
buses are very bad. Only one train runs there.
− Are there many
differences between Guinea women and Japanese ones?
M: I think Guinean
are more obedient than Japanese. One of the reasons is the rule which men
can have three wives. Japanese women never allow it.
− How about your
wife? What attracted you to her?
M: We met in an African festival. My
friend and her friend married and they introduced us. She was interested in
African culture very much. We loved each other soon. She is very smart and
− I think she will help much when you start your business. Did
her parents accept you at first?
M: Her father was okay from the first
time we met. But her mother refused me at first. But now she also say okay
even though I don’t know her true thoughts. My wife will deliver our baby
M: I’m very happy she became a Muslim
− It’s nice for you. I know Muslims should marry only
M: She said she would buy Hijabs. She found them on Uniqlo web
− really? I’m very surprised to hear that.
M: See this on
− That’s true. It’s a stylish Hijaba.
M: We will go to
Guinea embassy next week to resister our marriage then go to Gunma
government office. Then, we will have a wedding party at home soon. I will
− Thank very much. I’ll come. Thank you for the interview