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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Aug 07 2017

Politics is faster, more effective in Japan's capital, new governor says

TOKYO Popular Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is often spoken of as a candidate to become Japan's first female prime minister - but for now, the former lawmaker is having too much fun as top leader of the capital, where she says she can get things done.

Jul 19 2017

Mongolian-born wrestler turned Japanese to get to grips with sumo

NAGOYA, Japan The sound of bodies slapping against each other rocks the stifling sumo "stable" in the Japanese city of Nagoya, as 11 gigantic wrestlers wearing only loincloths take turns throwing each other out of a ring of sand. | Video

Jul 14 2017

Japan coalition partner urges PM to regain trust; constitution not a priority

TOKYO The leader of the junior partner in Japan's ruling coalition on Friday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to focus on regaining public trust after a slide in his popularity, and said revising the pacifist constitution was not a priority for voters.

Jun 29 2017

New coal power plants may block Japan's carbon emissions goal: minister

TOKYO Japan may not achieve its carbon emissions target if an ambitious plan to build more coal-fired power plants pushes ahead, its environment minister said, underlining Tokyo's struggle to meet globally agreed goals to halt climate change.

Jun 08 2017

Japan moves towards first major rape law changes in a century

TOKYO Japan stepped closer to amending its century-old sex crime law on Thursday when parliament's lower house approved a bill to widen the definition of rape, make prison sentences lengthier and allow prosecution when victims do not press charges.

May 30 2017

Tokyo's female governor takes on Japan's old-boy network, but denies run for PM

TOKYO Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is challenging Japan's old-boy network in the capital, where she thrashed a ruling party rival to win her post and now aims to lead reform-minded candidates to victory in a city-wide July election.

May 25 2017

Foreigners in Japanese immigration detention end two-week hunger strike

TOKYO Foreigners on a two-week hunger strike over conditions at immigration detention centers in Japan have ended their protest in the hope their decision would bring better treatment, but an official said on Thursday there would be no change in policies.

May 16 2017

Japan urges Toshiba, Western Digital to get along as chip spat flares

TOKYO Japan's government said on Tuesday it wanted Toshiba Corp and partner Western Digital Corp to cooperate, expressing concern about an escalating dispute between the two that threatens to upend the sale of Toshiba's chip unit.

May 11 2017

Dozens join rare hunger strike at Japanese immigration center

TOKYO Dozens of detainees at a Japanese immigration center were on hunger strike on Thursday in protest against prolonged and multiple detentions, drawing fresh attention to the policy toward immigration.

Apr 18 2017

Life's illusions catching up with Japan's middle-aged 'parasite singles'

TOKYO Their youth long gone, members of Japan's generation of "parasite singles" face a precarious future, wondering how to survive once the parents many depended on for years pass away.

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