Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (file photo) (CTK)
March 7, 2006 -- Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev is scheduled to start an official visit to Japan today.
Aliyev is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, Foreign Minister Taro Aso, and have an audience with Emperor Akihito during the visit, which ends on March 10.
Discussions are expected to focus on Japanese financial aid to Azerbaijan and the development of political and economic ties between the two countries. Japan is an investor in a number of energy projects in Azerbaijan.
It will be the first trip to Tokyo by an Azerbaijani leader since Aliyev's father, the former President Heydar Aliyev, visited in 1998.