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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

Sep 13 2017

Exclusive: Billionaire founder fights back for control of Japan's Universal

TOKYO/NEW YORK Nearly three months after his ouster from the board at Universal Entertainment Corp , billionaire Kazuo Okada is fighting back to try to regain control of the $2.2 billion Japanese gaming group.

Jul 03 2017

Exclusive: Okada sues family in bid to regain control of gambling empire

TOKYO Japanese casino and slot machine tycoon Kazuo Okada has filed a lawsuit against his son, daughter and wife in Hong Kong in an attempt to regain control of his sprawling business empire, according to a court filing and Okada.

Jun 29 2017

Exclusive: Universal president says founder Okada 'unfit' for board in private letter

TOKYO The president of Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp said the company's founder Kazuo Okada is "unfit" to be the director of a public company, in a private letter to a shareholder seen by Reuters.

Jun 27 2017

Family help oust Japan casino mogul Okada in boardroom coup

NEW YORK/TOKYO Relatives of Japanese tycoon Kazuo Okada helped remove him as director of a Hong Kong investment company at the center of a sprawling gambling empire, according to corporate filings and people with knowledge of the matter.

Jun 21 2017

U.S. investigators in Russia probe look at role of Flynn partner

NEW YORK, June 21 Federal investigators probing the lobbying work of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn are focused in part on the role of Bijan Kian, Flynn’s former business partner, according to a person interviewed by the FBI.

Jun 20 2017

Exclusive: U.S. investigators in Russia probe look at role of Flynn partner

NEW YORK Federal investigators probing the lobbying work of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn are focused in part on the role of Bijan Kian, Flynn’s former business partner, according to a person interviewed by the FBI. 

Jun 19 2017

Japan's Universal says chairman made two improper transfers

Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp said on Monday that an internal investigation uncovered $2 million (1.57 million pounds) in improper transfers of company funds by Chairman Kazuo Okada, a disclosure that followed its claim earlier this month of an improper $17 million loan that benefited Okada.

Jun 19 2017

Japan's Universal says chairman made two improper transfers

June 19 Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp said on Monday that an internal investigation uncovered $2 million in improper transfers of company funds by Chairman Kazuo Okada, a disclosure that followed its claim earlier this month of an improper $17 million loan that benefited Okada.

Jun 13 2017

Misappropriated 1MDB funds helped finance $2.2 billion energy firm deal - U.S. lawsuit

KUALA LUMPUR Money misappropriated from a Malaysian state fund was used to partly finance the $2.2 billion acquisition of Houston-based Coastal Energy in 2014, the U.S. government alleged in a lawsuit filed last week.

Jun 08 2017

Japan's Universal accuses founder Okada of improper loan

Universal Entertainment Corp , a Japanese maker of slot machines, said on Thursday it was investigating what it suspects was an improper transfer of funds by Kazuo Okada, its founder and chairman, to a company he controls.

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