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Japan to Complete Dr. Nakamura’s Incomplete Projects in Afghanistan

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

Afghanistan’s Acting State Minister for Natural Disaster Management, Mullah Mohammad Abbas Akhund on Sunday met with Takashi Okada Ambassador of Japan to Kabul and discussed the contributions of the Japanese government in Afghanistan.

State Minister for Natural Disaster Management, Mohammad Abbas Akhund praised the Japanese government’s contribution towards the development of Afghanistan over the past decades and expected to see more as the Taliban-run administration is faced with an economic crisis among other critical challenges.

Mr. Akhund recalled Dr. Tetsu Nakamura’s contribution to Afghan society and said that he was a clear example of the goodwill of Japanese people with the people of Afghanistan.

For his part, the Japanese Ambassador said that the people of Afghanistan deserve a dignified life, and not only Japan but also the international community should continue their unconditional support of the Afghan people during these difficult times.

Japan is one of the few counties which reopened its embassy in Kabul months after the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021 and has continued delivering humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The latest package included $3 million in humanitarian aid to the victims of Paktika and Khost provinces.  

Japanese Ambassador reaffirmed that the people and government of Japan will stand with the people of Afghanistan and pledges to implement the incomplete projects of Dr. Nakamura, the Japanese hero who devoted much of his time to the reconstruction of war-torn Afghanistan.

Dr. Tetsu Nakamura also known as “Kaka Murad” (Uncle Nakamura) held an honorary Afghan citizen, and did so much for his adopted country during his time there. Inspired by the words “Light up your corner of the world,” by Buddhist monk Saichō, he devoted much of his life to alleviating the suffering of the people of Afghanistan as well as Pakistan.

In addition to opening several clinics, he helped build mosques and launched projects to construct irrigation canals. In a country devastated by drought, it saved hundreds of thousands of lives.  

Tragically, the Japanese physician was shot and killed on December 4, 2019, by militants while heading to work in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in an aid vehicle. His driver and four bodyguards also died in the attack.

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