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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

Nov 17 2017

BOJ stimulus exit made hard by Abe's election win: former policymaker

TOKYO Premier Shinzo Abe's victory in last month's election may make it difficult for the Bank of Japan to dial back its radical stimulus next year despite the rising cost of prolonged monetary easing, former BOJ board member Sayuri Shirai said on Friday.

Nov 15 2017

Japan's GDP grows for seven straight quarters, outlook remains solid

TOKYO Japan's economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter due to strong exports, posting the longest period of uninterrupted growth in more than a decade. | Video

Nov 12 2017

Fed's Harker stands by call for rate hike next month

TOKYO A Federal Reserve official said on Monday he expects to back an interest rate hike next month despite caution over low-inflation, as U.S. central bank policy needs to be positioned to deal with future economic shocks.

Nov 10 2017

Japan households' financial assets rising thanks to Abenomics: survey

TOKYO An improving job market driven by Japan's economic recovery and booming stock prices helped increase households' net worth this year, a survey showed, suggesting the benefits of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reflationist "Abenomics" policies are broadening.

Nov 08 2017

BOJ board debated newcomer's calls for easing: October meeting summary

TOKYO The Bank of Japan's nine-member board debated calls from one of its policymakers to target the longer end of the yield curve at a rate review in October, a summary of their opinions showed, with several stressing that the current stimulus was sufficient.

Nov 08 2017

IMF, BOJ member say Japan needs to keep stimulus running

TOKYO/MIYAZAKI, Japan The IMF on Wednesday urged Japan to maintain its massive monetary stimulus to boost consumer prices, a view echoed by a central bank board member, reinforcing expectations policy will remain accommodative.

Nov 08 2017

IMF's Lagarde warns protectionism, while now just words, may come to hurt Asia

TOKYO Protectionist sentiment has not yet gone beyond mere words, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday, but would hurt Asian economies with open and free markets if it did.

Nov 05 2017

BOJ's Kuroda says has confidence in strengthening economy, price outlook

NAGOYA, Japan Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday that economic growth is gathering momentum and increasing the chances of inflation hitting his 2 percent target, reinforcing market expectations that no additional stimulus is forthcoming.

Nov 01 2017

BOJ governor candidate Ito flags risk of ending stimulus too early

TOKYO The Bank of Japan must avoid a premature exit from ultra-loose monetary policy as it could hurt the economy and lead to huge losses on its balance sheet, Takatoshi Ito, an academic seen as a possible candidate for next BOJ governor, said.

Oct 31 2017

BOJ keeps policy steady, board newcomer signals desire for easing

TOKYO The Bank of Japan kept policy settings steady on Tuesday but a board newcomer called for clearer commitment to ramp up stimulus if necessary, potentially complicating future efforts by the central bank to dial back its massive monetary support. | Video

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