On Tuesday 5th August Seán O’Connor, an Irish friend of Fr Bill Johnston, visited him in his Tokyo hospital and found him significantly improved. He was able to converse quite fluently even though his speech was not completely coherent. He had good movement in both arms. He had been moved from intensive care to a high dependency unit, and was going on to a general ward the following day. He spoke only in English, even though his nurses were using Japanese. His eyes lit up when told how his friends in Ireland remember him in prayer. Overall he has shown a remarkable recovery from a critical state four weeks ago, and that even before he has physio- or speech therapy.