When I was reading about St. Maximillian Kolbe I came across a Franciscan named Brother Zenon Zebrowski and was amazed by his life. He arrived with St Kolbe and worked in Japan through the war and well on after until his death. His efforts even earned him a medal presented to him by the Emperor, this really impressed my Japanese friend I mentioned this to as it is no small honor, and even a visit from Pope John Paul II when he came to Japan.
This is a wonderful article about Brother Zeno, as he was affectionately called, that is well worth the read. It isn’t too long plus it has pictures. http://www.franciszkanie.pl/news.php?id=5278
And if you want more along the same lines with the basic history of Franciscans in Japan (and of course photos) see http://www.franciszkanie.pl/news.php?id=4804
Franciscans you guys are amazing.