Dasho Keiji Nishioka: A Japanese Who Lived for Bhutan

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This is a short biography of Dasho Keiji Nishioka, a Japanese agriculture expert who came to Bhutan in May 1964 and helped the country modernize its agriculture. The Fourth King His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck awarded him the Red Scarf in 1980. His untimely death at the age of 59 in 1992 in Thimphu was mourned by the Bhutanese from all walks of life. He was posthumously awarded the Druk Thugsay Medal in 1998. The book captures the accounts of how he still lives in the hearts of the Bhutanese people today, especially farmers. A larger than life figure, Dasho Keiji Nishioka was to Bhutanese farmers what Father William Mackey was to Bhutanese students. While working with Bhutanese farmers for 28 long years until his death, he weathered the vagaries of Himalayan climate; tolerated the incivility of a nascent Bhutanese bureaucracy mostly headed by Indian expatriates; toiled and sweated with the farmers; dug the foundations of modern agriculture; sowed the first seeds of agriculture revolution; ignited the first dynamo of farming technology; watered dry fields with modern irrigation; created vibrant communities out of malaria-infested sub-tropical lands; and many more.

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