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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

Aug 13 2018

BOJ should ditch negative rates, yield cap: ex-BOJ executive

TOKYO The Bank of Japan should abandon negative interest rates and a cap on long-term bond yields immediately as such crisis-mode measures are unnecessary for an economy enjoying steady growth, a former central bank executive said on Monday.

Aug 10 2018

Japan's economy rebounds on brisk spending but trade rifts cloud outlook

TOKYO Japan's economy grew more than expected in the second quarter, helped by strong household and business spending and recovering from an earlier contraction, but global trade tensions loom as major risks to the export and investment outlook. | Video

Aug 07 2018

BOJ board disagreed on new tolerance for yield moves at last meeting

TOKYO Bank of Japan board members disagreed on how far interest rates should be allowed to move from the central bank's target when they crafted steps to make monetary stimulus more sustainable, a summary of opinions from the last rate review showed.

Aug 07 2018

Japan wage growth hits 21-year high, signals pickup in household spending

TOKYO Japan's household spending slid in June but real wages rose at their fastest pace in more than 21 years thanks to higher summer bonuses, a sign the benefits of a prolonged economic recovery are broadening.

Aug 06 2018

BOJ's architect of 'shock and awe' plots retreat from stimulus

TOKYO More than five years into a radical plan to boost the world's third-biggest economy, the Bank of Japan sent a message of quiet surrender last week, admitting it couldn't stoke inflation and walking back steps intended to do so.

Aug 02 2018

BOJ policymakers at logger-heads addressing weak prices, rising stimulus cost

TOKYO Bank of Japan policymakers disagreed on how to address soft inflation and the rising cost of its ultra-easy policy, minutes of their June meeting showed, underscoring the challenge they face in achieving their elusive price target.

Aug 02 2018

BOJ Deputy Gov says no fixed timeframe for keeping rates low

KYOTO, Japan Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya said the central bank had no fixed timeframe for how long it would keep interest rates low but signaled the chance of taking more steps to address the rising cost of easing on parts of the economy.

Aug 01 2018

BOJ says rising female, senior workers keeping inflation low

TOKYO An increase in the number of women and seniors entering the job market and a push by companies to streamline operations through automation are keeping Japan's wages and inflation from rising significantly, the central bank said on Wednesday.

Jul 31 2018

BOJ seeks to make its ammunition last longer as options dwindle

TOKYO The Bank of Japan pledged to keep its massive stimulus in place but made tweaks to reduce adverse effects of its policies on markets and commercial banks, reflecting the central bank's view that its inflation target remains stubbornly out of reach. | Video

Jul 31 2018

Japans Notenbank will Niedrigzinsen noch lange beibehalten

Tokio Die japanische Notenbank will wegen der anhaltend schwachen Inflation die Zinsen noch für längere Zeit extrem niedrig halten.

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