Paul Miki, son of a wealthy Japanese family, was educated by the Jesuits. He himself became a Jesuit and a preacher, leading many to convert to Catholicism.
Under the growing Jesuit influence, Catholics came under persecution.
Miki was arrested and jailed with his fellow Catholics. They were forced to march 600 miles from Kyoto to Nagasaki. In Nagasaki, Miki was crucified on February 5, 1597.
From the cross, he forgave his executioners. Crucified with him were, Joan Soan (de Gotó) and Santiago Kisai, also of the Society of Jesus; and 23 other clergy and laity. All were canonized by Pope Pius IX in 1862.
Learn more about St. Paul Miki and his companions in this video by Berry Catholic Boys.