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Friends, teacher shocked by Japanese woman's death in Sri Lankan blasts

Kaori Takahashi is seen on a Facebook page.

Friends and acquaintances of Kaori Takahashi, the Japanese woman slain in the Sri Lanka bomb attacks over the weekend, were shocked and saddened to hear about her demise.

"It's such a shame. I'd thought she would achieve success in Sri Lanka," said Koichi Komachi, who was the homeroom teacher of Takahashi during her three years at Junten Senior High School in Tokyo.

A senior official at a hospital in Colombo, where Takahashi was admitted to following the attacks, told the Mainichi Shimbun that she was able to respond to questions with her eyes open while being transferred to the medical institution. However, she had sustained damage to her internal organs due to the impact of the blast, and despite three attempted surgeries on her, she died on the evening of April 21 local time, the official said.

A graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo, Takahashi moved to Sri Lanka in the summer of 2015 and was living there with her husband and daughter, according to her Facebook posts. In November 2015, when her daughter turned 1 year old, she posted a comment hoping that her family could celebrate her daughter's birthday every year.

In February 2018, Takahashi reported the birth of her second child, a boy, on Facebook.

A 44-year-old woman in Tokyo who was connected with Takahashi on Facebook told the Mainichi, "She had given me a message saying she was enjoying her life in Sri Lanka, which she found safe ..."

The woman continued, "She had posted pictures of her husband and children, providing a glimpse into her fruitful life there."

(Japanese original by Toru Watanabe, Soji Kawana and Norihito Hanamure, City News Department; and Shinichi Nishiwaki, Asia General Bureau reporting from Colombo)

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