Body of Doctor Nakamura Arrives in Home Prefecture


Fukuoka, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)--The body of Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura, who was shot dead in Afghanistan last week, returned to his home prefecture of Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, on Monday, via Narita International Airport near Tokyo.

On Sunday afternoon, a private aircraft carrying the body, along with his wife, Naoko, and their eldest daughter, Akiko, arrived at Narita airport. Ground staff there bowed silently as his coffin, covered with a white cloth, was lowered from the aircraft.

The coffin was then placed in front of a VIP room, where the bereaved and Foreign Ministry officials including State Minister Keisuke Suzuki, paid floral tributes and observed a moment of silence.

Nakamura, shot near the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, was involved in a range of aid work over decades as representative in Afghanistan of Japanese group Peshawar-kai.

When Nakamura's body arrived at Fukuoka Airport on Monday morning, many people, including Peshawar-kai members and Afghan people in Japan, gathered to pay tribute.

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