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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

Apr 17 2017

Japan jet may not make money, but aims to revive dormant industry

TOKYO The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) has been delayed five times and faces rising costs, yet its future as the vanguard of Japanese-built passenger jets seems assured by the corporate muscle behind it and a government set on reviving an aerospace industry dismantled after World War Two.

Apr 14 2017

Takata rescue talks extended, even as bankruptcy risk looms

TOKYO Potential rescuers of Japan's Takata Corp have extended talks, already in their 14th month, for a deal to take over the air bag maker at the heart of the auto industry's biggest safety recall, people briefed on the process said.

Apr 06 2017

Japan's ANA to lease four Boeing 737-800s as MRJ delays continue

TOKYO Japan's ANA Holdings Inc , will lease four Boeing 737-800 aircraft while it awaits delayed deliveries of the country's first commercial aircraft in 50 years, the 90-seat Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), a senior executive told Reuters.

Mar 27 2017

Honda faces long haul to recoup jet costs

TOKYO After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the Hondajet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co's pet aviation project recoup its development costs.

Mar 15 2017

Toyota's modest wage hike reflects troubling trend for Japanese growth

TOYOTA CITY Toyota Motor Corp on Wednesday said it had agreed to a more modest wage rise than last year, as uncertainties about the global business environment prompt the Japanese automaker to tighten its purse strings.

Mar 01 2017

Toyota trims executive positions, aims for quicker decision-making

TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp has reduced its number of top positions to speed up decision-making, as the Japanese automaker works toward a slimmer executive to better compete in an industry undergoing rapid change.

Feb 03 2017

Takata taps KSS as final bidder for restructuring deal: sources

TOKYO/DETROIT Takata Corp has selected Chinese-owned Key Safety Systems (KSS), a U.S.-based auto parts supplier, as the final bidder to extend financial support for the Japanese airbag maker, three sources with knowledge of the process have told Reuters.

Feb 01 2017

With new hybrid, Nissan offers cheaper route to electric cars

YOKOHAMA, Japan Nissan Motor Co has taken a step back into gasoline hybrids with its Note e-Power model, which the Japanese automaker hopes will act as a gateway for drivers who will later shift to all-electric cars.

Dec 15 2016

Toyota unlocks its engine technology, could sell to rivals

TOKYO Long guarded about what was beneath the hood of its pioneering Prius cars, Toyota Motor Corp plans to open up its powertrain technology to rivals, hoping this will boost sales and speed up the industry's shift to lower-emission vehicles.

Dec 14 2016

Nissan's Ghosn poised for third salary after being confirmed as Mitsubishi chairman

TOKYO Nissan Motor Co Ltd and Renault SA CEO Carlos Ghosn is set to receive a third salary after Nissan-controlled Mitsubishi Motors Corp on Wednesday approved the Frenchman as its chairman along with a tripling in compensation for board members.

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