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Nobuhiro Kubo

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 26 2017

Japan considers refitting helicopter carrier for stealth fighters: government sources

TOKYO Japan is considering refitting the Izumo helicopter carrier so that it can land U.S. Marines F-35B stealth fighters, government sources said on Tuesday, as Tokyo faces China's maritime expansion and North Korea's missile and nuclear development.

Dec 21 2017

Japan approves record defense spending that favors U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defense kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.

Dec 21 2017

Japan approves record defence spending that favours U.S.-made equipment

TOKYO, Dec 22 Japan's government approved a record military budget on Friday but did not earmark enough extra money to stop a splurge on U.S.-made ballistic missile defence kit from putting a squeeze on funding for an ambitious domestic jet fighter project.

Nov 12 2017

Exclusive: Japan to delay multi-billion dollar fighter jet development - sources

TOKYO Japan will delay a decision to develop a new advanced fighter jet, four sources said, as military planners struggle to settle on a design and officials splash out on new U.S. equipment such as ballistic missile interceptors and F-35 stealth planes.

Nov 10 2017

Japan to build four radar stations for the Philippines to counter piracy surge: sources

TOKYO Japan will build four coast guard radar stations on islands in the Sulu Celebes Seas separating the Philippines and Indonesia to help Manila counter a surge in piracy by Islamic insurgents, two sources said.

Oct 26 2017

Israel willing to resort to military action to stop Iran acquiring nuclear weapons: minister

TOKYO Israel is willing to resort to military action to ensure Iran never acquires nuclear weapons, the intelligence minister said on Thursday in Japan where he is seeking backing for U.S. President Donald Trump's tougher line on Tehran.

Sep 06 2017

Allowing nuclear weapons in Japan could defuse North Korean threat, say some policy makers

TOKYO As Japan looks for a quick, resolute response to North Korea's growing missile threat, some defence policy makers in Tokyo say it may be time to reconsider non-nuclear pledges and invite U.S. nuclear weapons on to its soil.

Sep 06 2017

Allowing nuclear weapons in Japan could defuse North Korean threat, say some policy makers

TOKYO As Japan looks for a quick, resolute response to North Korea's growing missile threat, some defence policy makers in Tokyo say it may be time to reconsider non-nuclear pledges and invite U.S. nuclear weapons on to its soil.

Sep 06 2017

Allowing nuclear weapons in Japan could defuse North Korean threat, say some policy makers

TOKYO As Japan looks for a quick, resolute response to North Korea's growing missile threat, some defense policy makers in Tokyo say it may be time to reconsider non-nuclear pledges and invite U.S. nuclear weapons on to its soil.

Sep 03 2017

Japan's Abe - agreed with Trump, Putin on cooperation over North Korea

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on Sunday that the international community must step up its response to North Korea after Pyongyang announced it had tested a hydrogen bomb.

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