First results of the project were presented at the Japanese embassy in Moscow in February 2016.
The project is now in its third year, the coordinating side in Tatarstan is the Institute of History of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences.
Several seminars have been held within the framework of the project – both in Kazan and Japan. In 2014, Professor Dilyara Usmanova visited the University of Shimane, and in October 2015 Associate Professor Guzel Guzelbaeva came to Shimane and Tokyo to showcase both her research and the Kazan University's potential. Her report was called "Islam in Tatarstan: Through History to Modernity". The conference on Tatarstani – Japanese ties was attended by academics from Russia, Japan, Italy, and Turkey.
The visitors from Tatarstan spent time at the Shimane University Library and looked through the renowned Turkologist Shiro Hattori's archives. There were also meetings with local Tatar families and visits to the mosques in Tokyo and Kobe.
August 2016 will be marked by a scientific forum in Kazan dedicated to the comparative modernization studies of Tatarstan and Northeast Asia.