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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

Dec 12 2017

Japan's Constitutional Democrats: a little party with big ambition

TOKYO The leader of the small Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, which out-performed expectations in an October vote, now hopes that by offering clear policy alternatives he can oust Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition in the next election.

Nov 29 2017

Sumo: Grand champion Harumafuji retires over assault incident

TOKYO Sumo grand champion Harumafuji announced he would retire on Wednesday to take responsibility for injuring a junior wrestler in an incident that has threatened to taint the image of Japan's national sport just as it was regaining popularity. | Video

Nov 21 2017

Sumo: Japan's national sport wrestles with latest act of violence

FUKUOKA/TOKYO, Japan - A probe into an assault by a sumo grand champion against a junior wrestler threatens to stain the image of Japan's ancient national sport just as its popularity was recovering from previous scandals and a shrinking fan base.

Oct 17 2017

'Vanishing village' looks to Japan's LDP for survival

NANMOKU, Japan Chikara Imai, 73, is quick to dismiss the new parties in Sunday's national election in Japan, saying old ties with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is what the country's most elderly village needs for survival.

Oct 06 2017

Interview: Tokyo governor says wouldn't visit Yasukuni Shrine if she became PM

TOKYO Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new conservative party is challenging Japan's ruling bloc in an Oct. 22 election, said on Friday she would not visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead if she ever became prime minister.

Oct 06 2017

Tokyo governor says wouldn't visit Yasukuni Shrine if she became PM

TOKYO Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new conservative party is challenging Japan's ruling bloc in an Oct. 22 election, said on Friday she would not visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead if she ever became prime minister.

Aug 07 2017

Politics is faster, more effective in Japan's capital, new governor says

TOKYO Popular Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is often spoken of as a candidate to become Japan's first female prime minister - but for now, the former lawmaker is having too much fun as top leader of the capital, where she says she can get things done.

Jul 19 2017

Mongolian-born wrestler turned Japanese to get to grips with sumo

NAGOYA, Japan The sound of bodies slapping against each other rocks the stifling sumo "stable" in the Japanese city of Nagoya, as 11 gigantic wrestlers wearing only loincloths take turns throwing each other out of a ring of sand. | Video

Jul 14 2017

Japan coalition partner urges PM to regain trust; constitution not a priority

TOKYO The leader of the junior partner in Japan's ruling coalition on Friday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to focus on regaining public trust after a slide in his popularity, and said revising the pacifist constitution was not a priority for voters.

Jun 29 2017

New coal power plants may block Japan's carbon emissions goal: minister

TOKYO Japan may not achieve its carbon emissions target if an ambitious plan to build more coal-fired power plants pushes ahead, its environment minister said, underlining Tokyo's struggle to meet globally agreed goals to halt climate change.

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