The body of Dr. Tetso Nakamura, the Japanese aid worker and honorary Afghan Citizen who was killed last week in Nangarhar Province, arrived at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Sunday.
At the airport, Japanese officials including Keisuke Suzuki, Japan’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs, offered a silent prayer after bowing and placing bouquets on Dr. Nakamura’s casket, which was wrapped in a white sheet.
According to the Japanese media, Dr. Nakamura’s body will be transferred to the western Japanese city of Fukuoka, his hometown, on Monday.
The 73-year-old physician was killed along five others, including his bodyguards, in Jalalabad City of Nangarhar Province. Dr. Nakmura spent many years in Nangarhar Province providing vital treatment and assistance to the populace.
Prior to transporting Dr. Nakamura’s body to Japan, Afghan officials, led by President Ashraf Ghani, attended a memorial service at Kabul International Airport to honor Dr. Nakamura, who was also an honorary citizen of Afghanistan.
Nakamura was a beloved figure in eastern provinces and was called “Kaka Murad” by villagers.
His death was shocking news for Afghans and many held candlelight vigils to pay tribute to him.