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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.

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'Vanishing village' looks to Japan's LDP for survival

NANMOKU, Japan Chikara Imai, 73, is quick to dismiss the new parties in Sunday's national election in Japan, saying old ties with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is what the country's most elderly village needs for survival.

Oct 10 2017

Election campaigning underway in Japan as Abe takes on Hope

TOKYO Election campaigning in Japan began in earnest on Tuesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeking to repel an upstart new party that has pledged to rid the government of cronyism in a challenge to Abe's near-five year hold on power.

Oct 03 2017

In latest twist in Japan election drama, Tokyo's Koike says won't seek seat

TOKYO Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new party is challenging Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc in the Oct. 22 national election, said she would "100 percent" not run in the poll, the latest twist in a drama giving voters whiplash. | Video

Sep 28 2017

Japan calls snap election as new party roils outlook

TOKYO A fledgling party led by popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike gained momentum on Thursday ahead of an Oct. 22 election as the biggest opposition Democratic Party said it would step aside to let its candidates run under her conservative, reformist banner. | Video

Sep 14 2017

North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce U.S. to 'ashes and darkness'

SEOUL/TOKYO A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test.

Sep 12 2017

Japan's Abe to launch $17-billion Indian bullet train project as ties deepen

NEW DELHI/TOKYO Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation stone for India's first bullet train in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state this week, in a tightening of ties just days after New Delhi ended a dangerous military confrontation with China.

Aug 30 2017

PM May seeks to ease Japan's Brexit fears during trade visit

LONDON/TOKYO British Prime Minister Theresa May will look to ease corporate Japan's worries about Brexit during a three-day visit to the country from Wednesday focused on progress on a bilateral trade deal for when Britain leaves the European Union.

Aug 22 2017

Japan urges pressure on North Korea, military to seek record defense spending

TOKYO Japan's new foreign minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday international pressure against North Korea must be maintained until Pyongyang clearly demonstrates that it will give up its nuclear program.

Aug 08 2017

Japan defense review warns of enhanced North Korea threats

TOKYO Japan said on Tuesday it was possible that North Korea had already developed nuclear warheads.

Aug 07 2017

Japan defence review warns of enhanced North Korea threats

TOKYO, Aug 8 Japan warned on Tuesday of the acute threat posed by North Korea's weapons programmes as Pyongyang's continued series of missile and nuclear tests, in defiance of U.N. sanctions, brings technological progress to the reclusive state.

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