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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

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.

May 17 2018

China approves Toshiba's sale of $18 billion chip unit to Bain consortium

TOKYO Toshiba Corp said on Thursday that China regulators have approved the $18 billion sale of its chip unit to a consortium led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital, marking the end to a year-long saga surrounding its most prized asset.

May 15 2018

Japan's biggest banks revamp, close branches in efficiency drive

TOKYO Japan's biggest banks have begun major revamps of their domestic retail networks, as the cost of maintaining traditional branches weighs heavily at a time of diminishing revenue and a shift in how consumers conduct financial transactions.

Apr 20 2018

Japan's cryptocurrency exchanges need tighter rules: Monex CEO

TOKYO Japan's cryptocurrency exchanges should be regulated more like banks as they hold investors' assets while offering trading platforms, the chief executive of online brokerage Monex Group Inc said.

Apr 06 2018

Japan's Monex to buy Coincheck for $34 million, eyes future IPO

TOKYO Japanese online brokerage firm Monex Group Inc will buy Coincheck Inc, the exchange at the center of a $530 million digital money heist, for 3.6 billion yen ($33.6 million), the latest move by a mainstream finance firm into the cryptocurrency market.

Apr 04 2018

Nippon Life: lower insurance rate gives it leeway to buy JGBs

TOKYO Nippon Life Insurance Co [NPNLI.UL] said it will resume buying some Japanese government bonds (JGBs) after the insurer effectively shunned them more than two years ago when their yields became too low to meet obligations to policy holders.

Mar 14 2018

In hunt for yield, Japan insurers bet on project finance

TOKYO Project finance investment by Japan's top insurers jumped nearly fivefold in the year to the end of March as they sought higher returns after years of persistently low interest rates.

Mar 08 2018

Japan punishes seven cryptocurrency exchanges over regulatory lapses

TOKYO Japan punished seven cryptocurrency exchanges, ordering two of them to suspend business, in an effort to shore up consumer protection after a $530 million theft of digital money from Tokyo-based Coincheck Inc earlier this year.


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