Memorial Held in Afghanistan for Late Doctor Nakamura


Tokyo, Dec. 7 (Jiji Press)--A memorial ceremony was held Saturday at an airport in the Afghan capital of Kabul for Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura, killed in a shooting in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and soldiers carried Nakamura's coffin on their shoulders. His body was sent to Japan by air.

In the ceremony, Ghani said Nakamura dedicated his life to helping Afghans and supporting reconstruction of the war-torn country.

Thanks to him, hundreds of thousands of Afghans stood up again after being pounded by drought and hundreds of thousands of trees were revived, Ghani also said, calling him a hero.

On Friday, Ghani had a meeting with Nakamura's bereaved wife, Naoko, and the eldest daughter, Akiko, at the presidential office.

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