Japanese activist physician and peace prize winning colleague are dead in targeted killing in Afghanistan
On December 4, 2019, six people, including a prominent Japanese physician were shot in a targeted killing in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Dr. Namakura Tetsu headed the Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS), and with his college, Kazuyo Ito, worked on improving irrigation in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province. He was a recipient of the Philippine’s Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and Understanding.
On December 8, the body of Dr. Tetsu Nakamura arrived home to Fukuoka. The Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed his grief and heartfelt condolences to Dr. Nakamura’s family. He condemned the attack and expressed hoped that the Afghan authorities would promptly advance the investigation. In addition, he expressed Japan’s intention to continue supporting peace and stability in Afghanistan in cooperation with the international community.