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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.

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Feb 22 2018

Japan brewery Kirin adopts healthier path in search for growth

TOKYO Kirin Holdings Co Ltd aims to expand in health food and beverages, its chief executive said, as the Japanese brewery adopts a different strategy from rivals which have spent big on breweries abroad to offset a drop in domestic beer consumption.

Feb 14 2018

Japan's JFE to focus on lighter steel in $6 billion upgrade, warns on U.S. trade policy

TOKYO JFE Holdings Inc, parent of Japan's second-biggest steelmaker, plans to spend more than 650 billion yen ($6 billion) over the next three years upgrading domestic production facilities in a bid to raise productivity and competitiveness.

Jan 17 2018

Japan Tobacco working on several possible M&A deals: CEO

TOKYO Japan Tobacco Inc , which is on the hunt for overseas acquisitions to offset a shrinking home market, is working on several possible deals as it targets growth in Asian and other emerging markets, its new chief executive said on Wednesday.

Dec 22 2017

Nippon Steel aims to be ready for electric vehicles era

TOKYO Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp is preparing for an era of electric vehicles (EV) which require lighter materials by seeking advances in technology and possibly joining forces with makers of other materials.

Dec 15 2017

Japan's Yamato plans automated facility to beat labor shortage

TOKYO Yamato Transport Co, Japan's largest package delivery company, plans to open a new distribution facility with labor-saving technology near Tokyo early next year, its chief executive said on Friday.

Nov 06 2017

Kobe Steel executives to decide whether to resign after external probe: sources

TOKYO Kobe Steel executives, including President Hiroya Kawasaki, will decide whether to resign to take responsibility for a cheating scandal after a report from independent investigators due by year-end, two sources told Reuters.

Oct 18 2017

Europe's aviation agency advises against using Kobe Steel products

PARIS/TOKYO Europe's aviation regulator has advised aircraft manufacturers to stop using parts supplied by Kobe Steel until their safety can be verified, following product data manipulation by the Japanese company.

Sep 21 2017

Japanese brewer Asahi ready to spend 'billions' on deals

TOKYO Asahi Group Holdings , Japan's largest brewer, is ready to spend "billions of dollars" on acquisitions, having spent $11 billion over the past year to acquire beer brands across Europe from Anheuser-Busch InBev .

Aug 09 2017

Nippon Steel expects high China steel prices throughout 2017

TOKYO Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp, Japan's biggest steelmaker, expects China's steel prices to remain elevated throughout the year as Beijing's infrastructure spending boosts local construction demand, a senior company official said.

Jul 24 2017

Japan's FamilyMart considering CITIC and CP Group partnerships

(This version of the May 9 story corrects operating profit and forecast in the third paragraph)

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