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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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9:04am BST

IMF says BOJ should maintain stimulus, allow for delay in exit

TOKYO The Bank of Japan should maintain its massive monetary stimulus and enhance its communication of how it expects to achieve its 2 percent inflation target, a senior IMF official said on Friday.

6:35am BST

Japan policymakers soften fiscal pledges as election prospects loom

TOKYO Senior Japanese policymakers on Friday said they may need to adjust calculations underlying the country's plans to trim spending, an indication the government could look to water down previous pledges to improve fiscal prudence.

21 Sep 2017

BOJ keeps to script, but new board member dissents as policy on hold

TOKYO At the Bank of Japan, it was the same old story. The BOJ held monetary settings steady at a policy review on Thursday and asked markets to have faith that inflation will hit its elusive 2 percent goal. | Video

20 Sep 2017

BOJ set to keep monetary spigot open, political risk looms

TOKYO The Bank of Japan is expected to reassure markets on Thursday that it will lag well behind its U.S. counterpart in scaling back its massive stimulus, as an improving economy has yet to boost inflation anywhere near its elusive 2 percent target.

15 Sep 2017

Ex-BOJ economist says central bank may allow rates to rise in 2018

TOKYO A well-connected former central bank executive said on Friday the Bank of Japan may allow long-term interest rates to rise more next year if continued strength in the economy pushes inflation to around 1 percent.

14 Sep 2017

Japan's low-inflation puzzle unlikely to sway BOJ into action

TOKYO Japan is in the middle of a solid economic recovery, with business confidence at a decade-high. But inflation remains stubbornly low.

13 Sep 2017

Japan August wholesale prices rise at fastest pace in nine years

TOKYO Japanese wholesale prices rose at the fastest annual pace in nearly nine years in August as robust Chinese demand boosted commodity prices, offering glimmers of hope consumer inflation will accelerate toward the central bank's 2 percent target.

11 Sep 2017

Japan regional bank consolidation "inevitable": adviser to regulator

TOKYO Further consolidation among Japan's regional banks is inevitable given a rapidly ageing population and ultra-low interest rates, an adviser to the country's financial regulator said.

08 Sep 2017

Japan's second quarter economic growth revised down from stellar first reading

TOKYO Japan's economic growth in the second quarter was much slower than seen in a stellar preliminary reading, government data showed on Friday, confounding hopes for a long awaited pick-up in domestic demand.

08 Sep 2017

Japan's second-quarter economic growth revised down from stellar first reading

TOKYO Japan's economic growth in the second quarter was much slower than seen in a stellar preliminary reading, government data showed on Friday, confounding hopes for a long awaited pick-up in domestic demand.

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