Pope Francis arrives in Japan to advertise anti-nuclear message


Pope Francis arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, November 23, 2019. Information/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Information) – Pope Francis arrived on Saturday in Japan, the second leg of a week-long Asian journey whose major purpose is to deliver an anti-nuclear message to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the world’s solely cities to endure atomic bombing in wartime.

Francis, a decided anti-nuclear campaigner who will learn a message on nuclear weapons in Nagasaki, will even meet survivors of the March 11, 2011 nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe since Chernobyl in 1986.

The pope touched down in Tokyo after flying from Thailand for a four-day go to that would be the first in 38 years and solely the second in historical past.

One other aim of his go to is to encourage the Catholic group in Japan, the place nearly 1 p.c of the inhabitants identifies as Christian, about half of them Catholic.

He’ll say two Lots, one in Nagasaki and one in Tokyo, in addition to assembly Japanese officers and Emperor Naruhito.

Reporting by Philip Pullella; Writing by Elaine Lies; Modifying by Clarence Fernandez