Funeral Held For Slain Japanese Doctor

Funeral held for slain Japanese doctor

People in Japan are bidding farewell to a doctor who was killed last week in Afghanistan. More than 1,300 people attended a funeral for Tetsu Nakamura in his home prefecture of Fukuoka.

Nakamura was a humanitarian and an inspirational figure who worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan for decades, first as a doctor and then building irrigation systems.

Gunmen ambushed his vehicle and fatally shot him and his five companions in Afghanistan last week.

At the funeral on Wednesday, the head of Nakamura's non-governmental organization pledged to continue his work in Afghanistan.

Among those attending the funeral were Masayuki and Junko Ito. Their son, Kazuya, was kidnapped and killed in Afghanistan 11 years ago, while working with Nakamura.

Junko Ito said, "When we lost our son, we prayed that something like that would never happen again. It's heartbreaking."

Khaled Reshad is a doctor from Afghanistan, who knew Nakamura well. He said, "Dr Nakamura worked harder for Afghanistan than Afghans. He always thought about what people really needed. I'm disheartened by what happened to him."

Nakamura's son spoke at the funeral, expressing his family's tremendous shock and deep sorrow. He says his family members are being consoled by so many people who stood by them.