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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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Nippon Steel worries about U.S. trade action, yen's surge

TOKYO Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp , Japan's biggest steelmaker, is worried that potential U.S. trade action to cut steel imports could flood Asia with products and that the yen's recent surge may hurt customers such as carmakers.

Feb 18 2018

Interview: Nippon Steel worries about U.S. trade action, yen's surge

TOKYO Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp, Japan's biggest steelmaker, is worried that potential U.S. trade action to cut steel imports could flood Asia with products and that the yen's recent surge may hurt customers such as carmakers.

Feb 15 2018

Japanese trading houses on the prowl as record earnings boost appetite

TOKYO Japan's trading houses are scouting for assets as they enjoy their best profit outlook in six years, driven by higher prices for commodities from metals and coking coal to oil and natural gas.

Feb 14 2018

Japan's JFE to focus on lighter steel in $6 billion upgrade, warns on U.S. trade policy

TOKYO JFE Holdings Inc, parent of Japan's second-biggest steelmaker, plans to spend more than 650 billion yen ($6 billion) over the next three years upgrading domestic production facilities in a bid to raise productivity and competitiveness.

Feb 05 2018

Trader Mitsubishi Corp raises profit outlook on higher coal prices

TOKYO Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp on Monday lifted its full-year profit forecast to a record high for the second time since November, citing stronger coking coal prices.

Feb 01 2018

Japan steelmakers' profits surge; Kobe Steel reinstates forecast

TOKYO Japanese steelmakers, led by Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp, on Thursday reported a surge in nine-month earnings, shrugging off an industrial quality scandal as Kobe Steel reinstated its annual net profit forecast.

Jan 18 2018

Exclusive: Japan in driver's seat for Indian bullet train deals

NEW DELHI/TOKYO Japanese steel and engineering companies are in the driver's seat to bag major supply contracts for a $17 billion Indian bullet train, several sources said, undermining a key component of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic policy - a push to 'Make in India'.

Jan 16 2018

Japan sees little chance of oil slick from sunk tanker reaching its coast

TOKYO Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation's environment ministry said on Tuesday.

Jan 15 2018

Stricken tanker leaves large oil slick in East China Sea

TOKYO/BEIJING A stricken Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem. | Video

Jan 12 2018

Stricken Iranian oil tanker drifts into Japan's economic zone: coast guard

TOKYO A stricken Iranian oil tanker continued exploding on Friday, hampering rescue efforts, Chinese state media reported, as Japan's Coast Guard said the ship drifted away from the Chinese coast and into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

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