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Nakamura’s daughter vows to follow his footsteps in Afghanistan

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KABUL: Akiko Nakamura, the daughter of Japanese physician and philanthropist Tetsu Nakamura who was killed in an attack in December in the eastern province of Nangarhar, says she would continue her father’s incomplete humanitarian projects in Afghanistan.

Late Nakamura had served for humanitarian services in Afghanistan for 30 years.

“I would like to serve as a member of the organization,” the 39 years old Akiko told the Japanese newspaper of Mainichi Shimbun in the Peshawar-based Kai NGO office, where her father used to serve.

Akiko is one of Tetsu’s five children. She is living along with her mother in the Fukuoka of Yamato city in Japan, an area where her father loved to spend his vacations.

Akiko is also a physician and says she was keen to serve in the organization before her father was killed.

She came to Afghanistan with her mother to take her father’s body back to Japan. She was warmly welcomed by President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul and saw a portrait of her father on the airplane supposed to fly the body to Japan.

Tetsu Nakamura loved to work on irrigation projects despite being a medical doctor and used to say that “one irrigational canal is more important than 100 medical facilities.”

Akiko says that the people of Afghanistan appreciate her father’s services, and this encouraged her to come here and work in her father’s place.

Tetsu was usually in Afghanistan and would speak about the country when he went to Japan for vacations.

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