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Yoshifumi Takemoto

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 08 2017

Japan PM Abe aide Honda says inappropriate to reappoint BOJ governor Kuroda

TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda should not be reappointed when his term ends next April, as the central bank needs a new leader to achieve its inflation goal of 2 percent, a contender for the job, and close aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said.

Sep 22 2017

Japan health minister to consider U.S. drug firms' views in pricing overhaul

TOKYO Japan will weigh the concerns of U.S. drug firms in its efforts to complete by year-end a drastic revision of its drug-pricing system, aimed at reining in medical spending and cutting the public burden, the health minister said on Friday.

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.

Apr 26 2017

Japan finance minister to meet Japan Post CEO over Toll writedown: source

TOKYO Japan's finance minister will meet the chief executive of Japan Post Holdings Co in the coming days over the state-controlled company's shock $3.6 billion writedown on its Australian logistics arm, Toll Holdings Ltd, a source said.

Apr 13 2017

U.S. wants trade to dominate economic talks with Japan: source

TOKYO The United States is pushing for trade to be a key issue in top-level economic talks with Japan, a person involved in the talks told Reuters on Thursday, an unwelcome development for Tokyo, which is seeking to fend off U.S. pressure to reduce the bilateral trade imbalance.

Mar 09 2017

Japan hopes to leave farms out of U.S. economic talks: sources

TOKYO Japan will push to leave agriculture out of its first economic talks with the Trump administration next month, sources said, hoping to prevent thorny topics such as its heavily protected farm industry from blocking other negotiations.

Mar 08 2017

Japan hopes to leave farm talks out of bilateral dialogue with U.S.- sources

TOKYO, March 9 Japan plans to leave agriculture out of its first economic dialogue with the U.S. next month, sources say, hoping to prevent thorny topics like liberalisation of its heavily protected farm industry from blocking other negotiations.

Mar 02 2017

G20 finance heads seen keeping FX language intact - Japan ex-FX diplomat

TOKYO Group of 20 finance leaders will likely refrain from making big changes to their commitment to resist currency wars at this month's meeting in Germany, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rhetoric on exchange-rate policy, Japan's former top currency diplomat said.

Feb 14 2017

Vice minister: Japan should follow global rules if trade talks with U.S. start

TOKYO Japan should follow global rules if Tokyo starts bilateral trade talks with the United States, but it's unlikely that they would be acrimonious like the 1990s auto trade talks, a vice minister said on Tuesday.

Feb 09 2017

Japan's Abe to propose new cabinet level talks with United States: government official

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose new cabinet level U.S.-Japan talks on trade, security and macroeconomic issues, including currencies, when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, a Japanese government official involved in planning the summit said.

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