1. Pope Francis is set to arrive in Japan on Saturday to spread his message of peace. He will be the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to visit the country in 38 years.
  2. A South Korean presidential official says the country’s decision to avert the termination of an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan comes with conditions attached.
  3. Hong Kong is set to hold district council elections on Sunday, amid a period of relative calm following violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters.