Association of Medical Doctors of ASIA, founded in 1984, Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC since 1995








In memory of Ms. Kazuko Taketani

Publication date:2022-02-03
We are deeply saddened to announce that our colleague, Ms. Kazuko Taketani, passed away on 26 January 2022 after a long battle with illness. Serving as AMDA Volunteer Center chief until her last minute, she departed at the age of 74. Her funeral took place on the 28th with her beloved family and close ones in attendance.
It was more than twenty years ago when she started getting involved with AMDA’s activities. While maintaining her work as a school teacher, she eagerly joined volunteer work in Bangladesh and Nepal, and eventually became a fulltime member at AMDA Headquarters.

Her expertise in dealing with young people paved the way for her later career. She took charge of AMDA Middle and High School Students Club, along with projects concerning student exchange events and school lectures. One of her noteworthy achievements is AMDA Peace Building Project in Sri Lanka. The project was aimed at deepening mutual understanding and respect among students from different ethnic and religious communities in the country’s war-torn regions. At each occasion, she led a group of students from Japan to Sri Lanka and visited far-flung areas as needed.

Over the years, she also formed a strong bond with AMDA Bangladesh which was fair to call it family-like. It was a common sight of her at our Okayama office where she was expressing her concern over situations surrounding Rohingya refugees in Chittagong, while sharing her fond memories of her stay in Dhaka.
Her last work was on the 14th of January where she gave a special lecture at a local elementary school in Japan. Causing us to feel great respect and admiration, it was only 12 days before she departed this world.

She loved and was loved by all of us and will forever be in our hearts.

Although we are still feeling at a loss, we hope to make most of the legacies she has left and carry on with the deeds we have before us.

If you have known her, please pray for her soul to rest in peace.

    •  Sri Lanka
    •  Bangladesh
    •  Nepal