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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 26 2017

Japan finance minister to meet Japan Post CEO over Toll writedown: source

TOKYO Japan's finance minister will meet the chief executive of Japan Post Holdings Co in the coming days over the state-controlled company's shock $3.6 billion writedown on its Australian logistics arm, Toll Holdings Ltd, a source said.

Apr 13 2017

U.S. wants trade to dominate economic talks with Japan: source

TOKYO The United States is pushing for trade to be a key issue in top-level economic talks with Japan, a person involved in the talks told Reuters on Thursday, an unwelcome development for Tokyo, which is seeking to fend off U.S. pressure to reduce the bilateral trade imbalance.

Mar 09 2017

Japan hopes to leave farms out of U.S. economic talks: sources

TOKYO Japan will push to leave agriculture out of its first economic talks with the Trump administration next month, sources said, hoping to prevent thorny topics such as its heavily protected farm industry from blocking other negotiations.

Mar 08 2017

Japan hopes to leave farm talks out of bilateral dialogue with U.S.- sources

TOKYO, March 9 Japan plans to leave agriculture out of its first economic dialogue with the U.S. next month, sources say, hoping to prevent thorny topics like liberalisation of its heavily protected farm industry from blocking other negotiations.

Mar 02 2017

G20 finance heads seen keeping FX language intact - Japan ex-FX diplomat

TOKYO Group of 20 finance leaders will likely refrain from making big changes to their commitment to resist currency wars at this month's meeting in Germany, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rhetoric on exchange-rate policy, Japan's former top currency diplomat said.

Feb 14 2017

Vice minister: Japan should follow global rules if trade talks with U.S. start

TOKYO Japan should follow global rules if Tokyo starts bilateral trade talks with the United States, but it's unlikely that they would be acrimonious like the 1990s auto trade talks, a vice minister said on Tuesday.

Feb 09 2017

Japan's Abe to propose new cabinet level talks with United States: government official

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose new cabinet level U.S.-Japan talks on trade, security and macroeconomic issues, including currencies, when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, a Japanese government official involved in planning the summit said.

Feb 06 2017

Japan's Mr Yen says dollar could fall below 100 yen by end-2017

TOKYO Japan's former currency czar Eisuke Sakakibara said the dollar could fall below 100 yen by year-end on U.S. President Donald Trump's perceived support for a weak dollar, but cautioned that any yen-selling intervention by Tokyo might be counterproductive.

Jan 30 2017

Japan fiscal policy should be linked to inflation target: Nobel laureate

TOKYO Japan should delay raising the sales tax and commit to an expansionary fiscal policy until inflation meets the Bank of Japan's 2 percent inflation target, Nobel laureate Christopher Sims said on Monday.

Jan 30 2017

Under U.S. pressure on trade, Japan scrambles ahead of White House visit

TOKYO Japan is scrambling to respond to intensifying trade pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe planning to meet the head of Toyota Motor Corp this week and business lobby Keidanren planning a Trump task force.

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