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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

Mar 01 2018

Japan jobless rate hits 25-year low, inflation ticks up

TOKYO Japan's unemployment rate hit a 25-year low in January and job availability stayed at a two-decade high, government data showed on Friday, offering policymakers hope a strengthening economic recovery will nudge firms into raising wages.

Feb 23 2018

Japan FSA prods banks to accelerate anti-money-laundering steps: sources

TOKYO Japan's financial regulator, concerned that banks are falling behind in their efforts to block money-laundering and other illicit finance, is urging lenders to do more, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

Jan 30 2018

BOJ should stick with 'Abenomics', whoever next governor is: Japan PM adviser

TOKYO The next Bank of Japan governor should maintain the central bank's ultra-accommodative stimulus, a key part of the "Abenomics" policy mix, an economic adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Dec 25 2017

BOJ says low rates hurting banks but woes won't ease post-stimulus

TOKYO Prolonged ultra-easy monetary policy is weighing heavily on Japanese bank profits but financial institutions should not expect business conditions to brighten dramatically even after the central bank raises interest rates, a senior Bank of Japan official said.

Dec 11 2017

Japan November wholesale prices rise at fastest pace in nine years

TOKYO Japan's wholesale prices rose an annual 3.5 percent in November, the fastest rate in nine years, the Bank of Japan said, in a sign that rising global commodity costs were driving up corporate expenses.

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.

Oct 25 2017

Japan may declare end to deflation before 2019 tax hike: sources

TOKYO Japan's government may be able to declare that the economy has made a sustained exit from deflation before it implements a scheduled sales tax hike in October 2019, government officials said.

Oct 18 2017

BOJ's Sakurai says no need to take excessive steps to meet price target

TOKYO/HAKODATE Bank of Japan board member Makoto Sakurai on Wednesday dismissed the need for additional monetary easing, saying the central bank should not take unnecessary steps to accelerate the timing of its 2 percent inflation target.

Oct 04 2017

Japan's economy sees output exceed capacity the most in nine years

TOKYO Japan's economy saw output exceed full capacity by the most in nine years in the April-June quarter, a Bank of Japan estimate showed, a positive sign for the central bank as it seeks to accelerate inflation to its elusive 2 percent target.

Oct 02 2017

Japan FSA finds smaller banks lag in money laundering fight -sources

TOKYO, Oct 2 Japan's smaller banks are behind in taking steps against money-laundering and terrorism financing, Japan's financial regulator has found, according to people familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters.


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