Interview with Mainichi Shimbun’s Mr. Nakamura.


June 10, 2020: It was a pleasure for H.E. Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat to have an interview meeting with Mr. Toshiya Nakamura, for later publication the Mainichi Shimbun, in his office at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo.

The Mainichi Shimbun, which is one of the major newspapers in Japan, was founded in the 1870’s and is the only Japanese newspaper company to have won a Pulitzer Prize. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat extended his warmest welcome and appreciation to interviewer Mr. Nakamura for arranging to interview and for his kind visit to the Embassy. In return, Mr. Nakamura each expressed his thanks to H.E. Dr. Mohabbat for his kind words and for making time in his schedule to meet for interview.

First, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat expressed appreciation to the people and Government of the noble and friendly nation of Japan for their steadfast and benevolent support of Afghanistan over the years, and of recent the over 8-million USD Japan charitably donated to help prevent and combat COVID-19. He further noted to Mr. Nakamura the thanks of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Japanese Government for their congratulatory messages regarding the collaborative agreement reached between H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Hon. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, as well as Japan's offer to support and assist in the talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban. He assured that the Afghan Government would be insistent in their preservation of Afghanistan's progressive achievements over the past 19 years and continue to uphold the Constitution and the rights for all that it provides. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat reiterated sincerest and most heartfelt thanks on behalf of the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the family of the late Hon. Dr. Tetsu Nakamura, Peshawar-kai, Peace Japan Medical Services (PMS), as well as the people and Government of Japan for their benevolent assistance, tireless support, and interest in establishing peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. The Afghan people would be forever grateful and hold a treasured place in their hearts for their beloved “Kaka Murad” –the nickname they had for the late Hon. Dr. Nakamura. Moreover, he updated him on the many developments in the peace talks Afghanistan has recently been participating in, as well as discussed the upcoming conference on Afghanistan. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat and Mr. Nakamura were able to discuss their wishes for positive relations and collaborations between Afghanistan, Japan, and the media well into the future, as well as various other topics that could potentially serve to help bridge the gap in understanding of Afghanistan’s culture to a Japanese audience.