Irrigation Expert Mourns Death of Japanese Doctor in Afghanistan


Fukuoka, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)--An expert on the Japanese irrigation system that Tetsu Nakamura, a Japanese doctor who was shot dead in Afghanistan on Wednesday, introduced to the country is mourning the death of Nakamura, a close friend of his.

Nakamura, 73, a representative of Peshawar-kai, a Japanese group offering humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, was known for having built a revolutionary irrigation system in the country, where large-scale droughts had become a serious problem.

Nakamura used as a model for the project Yamada Weir in the city of Asakura in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, which requires no heavy machinery for construction or maintenance.

Tetsuya Tokunaga, a 72-year-old former leader of a group managing the weir, taught Nakamura how the weir works and developed a close friendship with him.

"Last month, we just talked about a plan for Afghanistan for the next 20 years. (His death) is too disappointing and regrettable. I'm speechless," Tokunaga said.

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