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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

Feb 15 2018

Dancers, musicians urge Japanese men to 'say it with flowers' on Valentine's Day

TOKYO Musicians paraded through Tokyo streets on Tuesday as women in gauzy gowns gave flowers to female passersby to try to persuade Japanese men to 'say it with flowers' on Valentine's Day, a rare practice in a land where women typically give chocolates to men.

Nov 24 2017

Dying at home rather than in hospital, elderly Japanese 'go to the afterlife quietly'

(This version of the November 21 story corrects paragraph 11 to show data is from Yamato Clinic, not OECD)

Sep 11 2017

Japan picks 'Wagyu Olympics' winner amid growing demand for luxury beef

SENDAI, Japan More than 500 cattle paraded through a ring in northern Japan in the "Wagyu Olympics" to win prizes and renown as the most fertile - and mouth-watering - examples of "wagyu" beef, increasingly popular among foodies around the world.

Jun 17 2017

Seven sailors missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with container ship off Japan

TOKYO Search and rescue efforts went on after dark for seven U.S. sailors missing after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship more than three times its size off eastern Japan early on Saturday. | Video

Mar 21 2017

Japan's 'King Kazu' welcomes World Cup expansion

TOKYO Kazuyoshi Miura, the oldest goalscorer in Japanese professional football, has welcomed FIFA's decision to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 and said he still dreamt of playing in the tournament for the first time.

Feb 22 2017

Japanese men hold competition to celebrate baldness

TSURUTA CITY, JAPAN More than 30 bald men gathered at a hot spring facility in Tsuruta City, Japan, on Wednesday to show off their hairless heads and have fun.

Jan 19 2017

Japan hotelier's Nanjing Massacre denial sparks tourism boycott calls

TOKYO A Japanese hotelier's denial of a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops in the Chinese city of Nanjing has prompted Chinese social media calls for a boycott of travel to Japan, threatening tourist arrivals days before the Lunar New Year holidays.

Dec 23 2016

Japan's female hunters take aim at wild boar, stereotypes

(This Dec. 22 story is corrected to show Wildlife Management Office is in Tokyo, not Fukui)

Jul 22 2016

Pokemon GO launches in Japan, bringing smash-hit game home

TOKYO Eager Japanese rushed to their phones on Friday to start hunting as Pokemon GO, the hit Nintendo-backed smartphone game, finally launched in Japan, home of the colorful cartoon characters. | Video

Jun 20 2016

Less is more as Japanese minimalist movement grows

TOKYO Fumio Sasaki's one-room Tokyo apartment is so stark friends liken it to an interrogation room. He owns three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and a meager scattering of various other items. | Video

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