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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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Jun 21 2018

Low inflation: Japan's May data shows BOJ stimulus barely moving price dial

TOKYO Japan's core inflation remained subdued in May, yet again highlighting how far off the central bank is in hitting its 2 percent price goal despite over five years of massive stimulus.

Jun 21 2018

Japan firms slow to get compliant with new EU data privacy rules: Reuters poll

TOKYO Around a quarter of Japanese businesses have made progress on meeting some of the easier requirements under Europe's new data privacy regulations while about another 20 percent plan to do so, a Reuters poll found.

Jun 21 2018

BOJ's Funo urges continued easing as inflation still weak

SENDAI, Japan Bank of Japan board member Yukitoshi Funo said on Thursday that the central bank needs to patiently continue its strong monetary easing under the current policy, as slowing inflation keeps the BOJ's 2 percent price target a distant objective.

Jun 19 2018

Japan's business mood mixed, underlines fragile recovery: Reuters Tankan

TOKYO Japanese manufacturers' confidence improved for a second straight month in June but the service sector's mood slumped from May's record high level, a Reuters poll found, suggesting some fragility in the outlook after a first-quarter contraction.

Jun 11 2018

Japan core machinery orders rebound, signal capex recovery intact

TOKYO Japan's core machinery orders in April jumped the most since the start of 2016, reversing the prior month's decline and raising some hopes for durable growth in capital expenditure seen as crucial for a recovery in the economy after a contraction in the first quarter.

Jun 07 2018

Second jobs, once rare in Japan, are reshaping attitudes about work

TOKYO Kazuhiro Hasegawa has been driving a taxi in Tokyo for three years. It's a job he enjoys, despite 18-hour shifts.

Jun 05 2018

Japan must adopt enforceable, flexible budget rules: finance ministry official

TOKYO Japan must adopt "enforceable and flexible" fiscal rules to restore its tattered public finances although it should not force any drastic measures given a fragile economic situation, a senior finance ministry official said on Tuesday.

May 24 2018

Hit by higher costs, more Japan firms are raising prices: Reuters poll

TOKYO A growing number of Japanese firms are raising prices as they grapple with a jump in materials, transportation and labor costs, although a slim majority remains skittish about doing so, a Reuters poll shows.

May 23 2018

Japan business mood improves, signals return to growth - Reuters Tankan

TOKYO Confidence among Japanese manufacturers improved in May for the first time in four months while service-sector sentiment hit a record high, the Reuters Tankan poll showed, suggesting the economy may return to growth after a first-quarter slump.

May 23 2018

Japan to backtrack on budget target, social welfare reform as tax hike looms

TOKYO Japan will delay its time frame for a balanced budget by five years to 2025, government and ruling party proposals show, leaving premier Shinzo Abe room to open the fiscal spigot to ease the economic blow from a sales tax hike next year.

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