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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

Nov 15 2017

Japan government analysis sees economy closer to vanquishing deflation

TOKYO Recent positive economic signs suggest Japan is breaking out the grip of deflation that has stunted growth for years, according to a government analysis obtained by Reuters that also cautions about the continued drag on growth exerted by paltry wage hikes.

Nov 08 2017

IMF's Lagarde warns protectionism, while now just words, may come to hurt Asia

TOKYO Protectionist sentiment has not yet gone beyond mere words, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday, but would hurt Asian economies with open and free markets if it did.

Oct 25 2017

Japan advisers propose delaying primary surplus target to after FY2020

TOKYO Influential private-sector members of Japan's top advisory panel will propose on Thursday that the government delay its time frame for achieving a primary budget surplus to some time after fiscal 2020/21, a draft obtained by Reuters showed.

Oct 12 2017

Japan to propose changes to beef import safeguards in talks with U.S.: sources

TOKYO Japan will propose changes to its safeguard mechanism on frozen U.S. beef imports that will shorten review periods and allow importers to voluntarily lower import volumes to prevent tariffs from automatically kicking in, two government sources said on Thursday.

Oct 03 2017

In latest twist in Japan election drama, Tokyo's Koike says won't seek seat

TOKYO Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new party is challenging Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc in the Oct. 22 national election, said she would "100 percent" not run in the poll, the latest twist in a drama giving voters whiplash. | Video

Oct 03 2017

Benefits of sales tax hike in Japan outweigh negatives: Moody's

TOKYO The benefits of raising Japan's sales tax again outweigh the negatives, even if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe diverts some of the additional revenue to education and welfare, an official at ratings agency Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday.

Sep 19 2017

Eying snap election, Japan's Abe to focus on education, security

TOKYO Pledges to spend on education and child care, stay tough on North Korea and revise the pacifist constitution are likely to be pillars of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign in a snap election next month, government sources said on Tuesday.

Sep 07 2017

World Bank executive says won't persist with capital increase deadline

TOKYO The World Bank should not be "bogged down" on a specific date for member countries to boost its capital, a senior executive of the multilateral lender said, suggesting a deal won't be struck before the initial deadline of end-2017.

Jul 14 2017

Japan's GPIF expects to raise ESG allocations to 10 percent: FTSE Russell CEO

TOKYO Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world's largest pension fund with $1.3 trillion under management, plans to raise its allocation to environmentally and socially responsible investments to 10 percent of its stock holdings from 3 percent now, the head of FTSE Russell said.

Mar 15 2017

Exclusive: Germany to press G20 on free trade in potential challenge to Trump

TOKYO/BERLIN Germany will press G20 members to sign off on a set of principles including free trade at this week's meeting of the group's financial leaders, in what the Trump administration may perceive as a challenge to its more protectionist stance.

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