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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

Jul 25 2017

Japan PM revises when he knew about friend's vet school application

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday revised when he first knew about a friend's application to open a veterinary school at the center of a suspected cronyism scandal, saying he only became aware of the plan after it was approved.

Jul 25 2017

Japan PM revises when he knew about friend's vet school application

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday revised when he first knew about a friend's application to open a veterinary school at the centre of a suspected cronyism scandal, saying he only became aware of the plan after it was approved.

Jul 14 2017

Japan PM Abe's support slides below 30 percent, new poll shows

TOKYO Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, battered by a smoldering scandal and voters' perception he is taking them for granted, has fallen below 30 percent, the lowest since he returned to power in 2012, a survey released on Friday showed.

Jun 20 2017

U.S. Coast Guard interviews container ship crew after warship collision

TOKYO The United States Coast Guard will on Tuesday start interviewing the crew of a Philippines-flagged container ship which collided with a U.S. warship in Japanese waters killing seven American sailors.

Jun 19 2017

Japan's Abe pledges to regain public trust as ratings slump

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his ratings battered by suspicion he helped a friend get favored treatment for a business, and criticism that he used strong-arm tactics in parliament, vowed on Monday to regain the people's trust. | Video

May 23 2017

Japan anti-conspiracy bill clears lower house despite rights worries

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc pushed a bill targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes through parliament's lower house on Tuesday, despite fears the changes could allow police to trample civil liberties.

Apr 24 2017

Japanese demand for nuclear shelters, purifiers surges as North Korea tension mounts

TOKYO Sales of nuclear shelters and radiation-blocking air purifiers have surged in Japan in recent weeks as North Korea has pressed ahead with missile tests in defiance of U.N. sanctions.

Mar 23 2017

Japan principal of scandal-hit school says he got donation from PM's wife

TOKYO The head of a Japanese nationalist school at the heart of a political scandal said in sworn testimony in parliament on Thursday that he received a donation of 1 million yen from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife in her husband's name. | Video

Mar 20 2017

Japan PM to visit Russia for summit with Putin next month

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia next month for a summit with President Vladimir Putin, his foreign minister said on Monday, with an aim of advancing his effort to end a territorial spat and conclude a peace treaty.

Mar 16 2017

Tillerson urges 'new approach' to North Korea, gives no details

TOKYO The escalating threat from North Korea's nuclear program shows a clear need for a "new approach," U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, although he did not say what the Trump administration planned.

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