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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 27 2017

Japan manufacturing scandals haven't hurt image but have been powerful lessons: ministry official

TOKYO A string of data-tampering scandals at Japanese manufacturers has not tarnished Japan's image, though it has been a powerful reminder to avoid sacrificing quality when under cost or delivery pressure, a senior economic official said on Wednesday.

Dec 06 2017

Nippon Steel says coking coal prices to stay above $200/T through end-March

TOKYO Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp, Japan's biggest steelmaker, expects coking coal to stay above $200 a ton through the January-March quarter amid lower supplies from Australia, which may drag on its earnings.

Nov 10 2017

Kobe Steel blames data scandal on focus on profit, lack of controls

TOKYO Kobe Steel Ltd said on Friday a lack of quality controls and a focus on profits was behind the widespread data tampering that has shaken up the supply chains of car and plane makers around the world. | Video

Oct 13 2017

Toshiba discussing joint investment in chips with Western Digital

YOKKAICHI, Japan Toshiba Corp said it is discussing joint investment in a new chip production line with Western Digital Corp - its estranged business partner after the Japanese firm chose a different suitor to buy its $18 billion semiconductor business.

Sep 19 2017

Exclusive: Toshiba flips back towards Western Digital group for chip unit sale - sources

TOKYO Toshiba Corp is shifting back toward selling its prized semiconductor unit to a group backed by joint venture partner Western Digital Corp , people familiar with the deal said.

Sep 05 2017

Exclusive: Western Digital offers to exit Toshiba chip bid for better JV terms

TOKYO Western Digital Corp has offered to drop out of a group bidding for Toshiba's coveted flash memory chip business to take a stronger position in their joint venture instead, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Aug 30 2017

Bain adds Apple for last-minute $18 billion Toshiba chip unit bid: sources

TOKYO A consortium led by Bain Capital has made a revised last-ditch offer for Toshiba Corp's chip unit worth about $18 billion, bringing in Apple Inc to help bolster its bid, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. | Video

Aug 25 2017

Western Digital won't seek management role in Toshiba chip business: sources

TOKYO Western Digital Corp , part of a group offering to buy Toshiba Corp's memory chip unit, is not seeking a management role in the business, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

Jul 13 2017

Japan's Tepco to speed up post-Fukushima decisions: new chairman

TOKYO The owner of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will push to resolve debate over the release of contaminated water from the site that has dragged on for years since the devastating 2011 quake, its new chairman said on Thursday.

Jul 03 2017

SK Hynix convertible bond proposal clouds prospects for Toshiba chip deal

SEOUL/TOKYO SK Hynix Inc has proposed that its financing for a consortium picked as preferred bidder for Toshiba Corp's chip unit be done via convertible bonds, two sources said, providing it with a path towards an equity interest in the world's No.2 NAND chip maker.


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