Asahi wrote that the governments of Japan and Russia held a working-group meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday on their planned joint economic activities in the Northern Territories. The paper said that although the two governments held intensive discussions in preparation for the planned summit between Prime Minister Abe and President Putin on June 29, no tangible progress was achieved. The daily speculated that the Japanese and Russian officials discussed such issues as tourism development and waste reduction on the islands. The paper wrote that Deputy Foreign Minister Mori and his Russian counterpart Morgulov will hold talks next week in Moscow to make final preparations for the summit. Mainichi ran a similar story.