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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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Aug 02 2018

Japan's MUFG post best first-quarter in 7 years, helped by stock holdings sale

TOKYO Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group reported the best first-quarter profit in seven years on Thursday, helped by sales of equity holdings and gains from clawing back provisions that had been set aside in the past for potential bad loans.

Jul 30 2018

Japan's SMFG first-quarter profit down 6 percent on bigger tax bill

TOKYO Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) reported a 6 percent drop in quarterly net profit, as bigger tax bills offset benefits from cost cutting measures and smaller bad loan losses.

Jul 26 2018

Japan's pachinko industry braces for anti-addiction regulation

Like many Japanese pachinko parlors, Naomi Suzuki's shop on the outskirts of Fukushima City was once full of energy, with the din of bouncing steel balls and garish lights flashing to indicate winnings.

Jul 23 2018

Japan's Nippon Life to stop financing coal-fired power

TOKYO Nippon Life Insurance Co [NPNLI.UL] will no longer extend loans for, or invest in, coal-fired power plants due to environmental concerns, an official at Japan's biggest life insurer said, in the first such move by a major Japanese institutional investor.

Jul 12 2018

Japanese banks MUFG, Mizuho to stop Iranian transactions

TOKYO Japanese banks are moving to stop handling all Iran-related transactions to meet a November deadline set by the United States, after President Donald Trump in May pulled out of a nuclear program agreement with Tehran.

Jul 02 2018

Japan's MUFG calls on Morgan Stanley expertise in wealth management drive

TOKYO Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (MUFG) is drawing on the expertise of U.S. peer Morgan Stanley to help expand in the wealth management business, the head of the pair's Japanese joint venture told Reuters.

Jun 25 2018

Tokio Marine scouts for Asia, U.S. deals with $9 billion war chest

TOKYO Japanese insurer Tokio Marine Holdings Inc , one of the country's most acquisitive companies, has a $9 billion war chest for overseas purchases and is scouting for deals in Asia as it looks to boost its profits from the region.

Jun 11 2018

Mercari chases growth overseas with $1.2 billion IPO, Japan's biggest this year

TOKYO Japanese flea market app operator Mercari Inc's IPO is raising up to $1.2 billion in the nation's biggest such share sale so far this year, as the firm seeks to replicate its domestic success overseas, especially in the money-losing U.S. market.

May 31 2018

Japan's Idemitsu says no oil refineries will close in touted merger

TOKYO Japan's Idemitsu Kosan does not expect to close any domestic oil refineries as part of its long-delayed merger with smaller rival Showa Shell Sekiyu even as local demand for oil continues to fall.

May 31 2018

Japan Tobacco to cut heated tobacco prices in battle with Philip Morris

TOKYO Japan Tobacco Inc is set to slash prices on its heated tobacco products early next week after a similar move by bigger rival Philip Morris International Inc , signaling increased competition in Japan's nascent market for alternative cigarettes.

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