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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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Sep 21 2017

Japanese brewer Asahi ready to spend 'billions' on deals

TOKYO Asahi Group Holdings , Japan's largest brewer, is ready to spend "billions of dollars" on acquisitions, having spent $11 billion over the past year to acquire beer brands across Europe from Anheuser-Busch InBev .

Aug 09 2017

Nippon Steel expects high China steel prices throughout 2017

TOKYO Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp, Japan's biggest steelmaker, expects China's steel prices to remain elevated throughout the year as Beijing's infrastructure spending boosts local construction demand, a senior company official said.

Jul 24 2017

Japan's FamilyMart considering CITIC and CP Group partnerships

(This version of the May 9 story corrects operating profit and forecast in the third paragraph)

Jul 21 2017

Wanted: Housewives to beat staff crunch at Japan's FamilyMart

TOKYO Japan's second-largest convenience store chain hopes it has found an answer to its labor problems - housewives.

Jun 16 2017

Nippon Steel gives up coking coal pricing role as influence wanes

TOKYO Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, Japan's top steelmaker, has given up its decades-old role in setting global coking coal prices because the rise of Chinese and Indian rivals has weakened its influence over the market, an executive said.

May 29 2017

Japan Tobacco plans to quadruple smokeless tobacco output capacity by 2018: CEO

TOKYO Japan Tobacco Inc plans to spend $500 million to quadruple its smokeless tobacco production capacity by the end of 2018, as it races against bigger rival Philip Morris for a larger share of the Japanese vaping products market.

May 23 2017

Nippon Steel looks to mixed-length deals, new suppliers to buffer coal volatility

TOKYO Japan's top steelmaker Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal is considering measures to counter volatile coking coal prices, such as contracts of varying lengths and seeking out supply sources outside of Australia, its senior official said.

Apr 24 2017

Labor shortage a stress test for Japan's 24/7 convenience stores

TOKYO Japan's growing labor shortage threatens the nation's ubiquitous convenience stores, whose business model relies on an army of part-timers packing bento lunch boxes, manning cash registers and delivering goods 24/7.

Feb 15 2017

Nippon Steel expects China steel prices to hold firm this year

TOKYO Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, Japan's biggest steelmaker, expects steel prices in top consumer China to hold firm at least until its Communist Party congress late this year, amid solid demand that is underpinning coking coal and iron ore markets.

Jan 17 2017

Japan brewer Asahi says it is open to more M&A after Europe beer deals

TOKYO Asahi Group Holdings Ltd is open to the possibility of more acquisitions, its chief said, even after Japan's biggest beer maker sealed $10 billion worth of deals to buy European assets from Anheuser-Busch InBev SA NV last year.

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