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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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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.

Sep 15 2017

Ex-BOJ economist says central bank may allow rates to rise in 2018

TOKYO A well-connected former central bank executive said on Friday the Bank of Japan may allow long-term interest rates to rise more next year if continued strength in the economy pushes inflation to around 1 percent.

Sep 10 2017

Japan regional bank consolidation "inevitable": adviser to regulator

TOKYO Further consolidation among Japan's regional banks is inevitable given a rapidly ageing population and ultra-low interest rates, an adviser to the country's financial regulator said.

Aug 28 2017

Japan July household spending unexpectedly falls despite tight job market

TOKYO Japan's household spending unexpectedly fell in July from a year earlier after last month's spike, casting some doubt on the sustainability of a domestic demand-driven economic recovery seen as vital to boosting tepid inflation.

Jul 21 2017

Japan regulator warns small banks they must change to survive

TOKYO Japan's financial regulator has told the country's smaller banks they must find new ways to make profits if they are to survive, warning many face risks when interest rates eventually rise and that some are already in a precarious state.

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