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Japanese doctor who watered Afghan deserts: Nakamura in his own words

Tetsu Nakamura talked about his life and mission in 2018 Nikkei interview

Tetsu Nakamura speaks to Nikkei on Sept. 14, 2018 in Fukuoka. (Photo by Mamoru Yago)

TOKYO -- Tetsu Nakamura, who spent more than three decades doing humanitarian work in Afghanistan, was recently killed there in an apparent ambush by gunmen.

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture, in Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu in 1946, Nakamura worked in hospitals in Japan after graduating from medical school at Kyushu University. But instead of practicing medicine in Japan, Nakamura went to Pakistan to treat leprosy, then moved to Afghanistan to work with patients there.

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