Funeral Held for Slain Japanese Doctor Nakamura

Society

Fukuoka, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--A funeral was held on Wednesday for 73-year-old Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura, who was shot dead in Afghanistan last week.

The event, held at a funeral hall in the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka, was attended by over 1,300 people, including members of Japanese humanitarian aid group Peshawar-kai, of which Nakamura, 73, was the local representative in Afghanistan, as well as his wife, Naoko, 66, and other bereaved relatives of Nakamura, according to the organization.

The casket, draped in what appeared to be an Afghan flag, was placed on the altar, surrounded by many chrysanthemum flowers under a smiling portrait of Nakamura.

"We will continue support activities in Afghanistan with people worldwide who hope for peace, while speaking with Dr. Nakamura in our hearts," Masaru Murakami, head of Fukuoka-based Peshawar-kai, said in a eulogy.

"We can't be regretful enough for the people who have given their lives to protect my father," Nakamura's eldest son, Ken, 36, said in a later speech. "I want to live by engraving the lessons my father taught me, such as valuing people's thoughts and grasping the true nature of things, in my heart."

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