Investigations into murder of Tetsu Nakamura halted after Taliban takeover, NHK reports

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has reported that investigations into the murder of Japanese citizen Tetsu Nakamura have been halted following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

Nakamura, who had initiated a significant irrigation canal project in Nangarhar province, was murdered by unidentified gunmen in 2019.

To date, the identity and motives of the perpetrators remain unclear.

NHK also reported that the irrigation project Nakamura started has now been completed.

The canal, which took approximately a year and a half to construct, is expected to improve the lives of around 14,000 local residents and enhance agriculture in the region.

The inauguration of the canal took place on Saturday, with local Taliban officials and community members in attendance.

Despite worsening drought conditions in Afghanistan, Chioko Fujita, a representative of the Japanese non-governmental organization Peshawar-kai, assured that their team would continue its efforts.

“Our team will assist many people in acquiring and adapting the irrigation methods developed by Dr. Nakamura to rejuvenate affected areas,” Fujita stated.

Peshawar-kai, the NGO led by Nakamura in Afghanistan, remains active in the country, committed to continuing its agricultural initiatives despite the challenging circumstances.