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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 13 2017

Corrected: Fretting over savings, Mrs Watanabe turns to bitcoin

(Corrects June 2 story to remove reference to bitcoin's and other cryptocurrencies' status in Japan as "legal tender.")

Oct 17 2017

Japan's "Blade Library" offers joy of blade running to amputees

TOKYO Haruta Saito, a young Japanese amputee who dreams of becoming a Paralympian, remembers strapping on a prosthetic "running blade" for the first time.

Sep 20 2017

More than 60 years on, Japan's mercury-poison victims fight to be heard

MINAMATA, Japan Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning.

Sep 11 2017

Circle of life: Japan's homeless banish despair through dance

TOKYO Penniless and subsisting only on water for three weeks, Tokyo street-dweller Tokuchika Nishi thought he had come to the end of his life.

Aug 24 2017

Meet Lulu Hashimoto, the 'living doll' fashion model

TOKYO Meet Lulu Hashimoto, a "living doll" and the latest trend in Tokyo's fashion modeling scene.

Jul 09 2017

Japan's May machinery orders unexpectedly fall, government downgrades outlook

TOKYO Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly tumbled in May on persistent weakness in the services sector, and the government downgraded the outlook for orders for the first time in eight months, raising doubts about the strength of the economic recovery.

Jul 06 2017

Japan May regular pay posts biggest gain in 17 years, real wages inch up

TOKYO - Japan's regular pay in May grew at the fastest pace in more than 17 years and real wage growth turned positive for the first time in five months, suggesting the recovery in the world's third-biggest economy is starting to broaden.

Jun 30 2017

Japan considers detaining some asylum seekers to curb abuse of refugee system

TOKYO Japan is considering detaining some asylum seekers once their visas expire in an attempt to curb what it calls an abuse of its refugee system, drawing criticism from lawyers who say such measures risk causing humanitarian harm.

Jun 28 2017

Japan May retail sales rise 2.0 percent, fall short of expectations

TOKYO Japanese retail sales rose less than expected in May because of slower sales of durable goods and clothes, falling substantially on April's annual increase as demand ebbed.

Jun 05 2017

Japan April real wages flat, bad sign for consumption

TOKYO Japan's real wages were flat in April from the same period a year earlier, with rising prices offsetting gains in nominal pay and possibly hurting households' purchasing power.


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