President Gordon B. Hinckley arrived in Tokyo Friday, making the first stop scheduled in a 15-day itinerary that will take him to seven Asian countries and 13 cities.
It is the first time that a president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has visited Asia since President Spencer W. Kimball toured the region and dedicated the church's Tokyo Temple in 1980.In Tokyo, President Hinckley plans to pay a courtesy call on the U.S. ambassador to Japan, Walter Mondale, and meet with representatives of the Japanese news media Saturday morning.
Saturday evening, President Hinckley will preside over a fireside for members in the Tokyo area. The meeting, to be held in Tokyo's NK Hall, is expected to be attended by some 7,000 members of the LDS Church and friends from the Tokyo area.
President Hinckley is accompanied by his wife, Marjorie, and by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the LDS Church's Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Elise.
Among other activities scheduled during his 15-day tour, President Hinckley will preside over and address 12 firesides, meet with missionaries from 14 missions, and attend six dinner or luncheon meetings with LDS church leaders and their spouses.
A highlight of the visit will be presiding over and addressing seven sessions and a cornerstone laying ceremony for the dedication of the Hong Kong Temple May 26 and 27.