1. The Russian government has expressed readiness to open talks with Japan on President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to sign a peace treaty by the end of the year without any preconditions.
  2. Nearly 1,600 people remain displaced in Japan’s northern prefecture of Hokkaido a week after the region was hit by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake.
  3. Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka has spoken to reporters after returning to Japan after her U.S. Open championship.