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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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18 Oct 2017

Underdog centre-left party may outperform expectations in Japan snap poll

TOKYO A new centre-left party pledging to bring "bottom up" democracy to Japan may prove the surprise success story of an election on Sunday, although the party is forecast to win a mere sliver of seats compared to Prime Minister Shinto Abe's ruling bloc.

18 Oct 2017

Underdog center-left party may outperform expectations in Japan snap poll

TOKYO A new center-left party pledging to bring "bottom up" democracy to Japan may prove the surprise success story of an election on Sunday, although the party is forecast to win a mere sliver of seats compared to Prime Minister Shinto Abe's ruling bloc.

16 Oct 2017

Japan ruling bloc heads for big election win despite voter distaste for PM Abe - poll

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is on track for a big win in Sunday's general election - even though almost half the country's voters don't want him to keep his job, a media survey showed on Monday.

12 Oct 2017

Japanese media surveys show Abe's election gamble could pay off

TOKYO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's snap election gamble looked like paying off after media forecasts showed his ruling bloc heading for a surprisingly big win, possibly enough to re-energise his push to revise Japan's post-World War Two pacifist constitution.

12 Oct 2017

Japan PM's ruling bloc seen nearing 2/3 majority in October 22 lower house poll - Nikkei

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc could come close to keeping its two-thirds "super" majority in an Oct. 22 lower house election, defying some predictions of substantial losses and solidifying his grip on power, a survey published by the Nikkei business daily on Wednesday showed.

10 Oct 2017

Japan's Koike - a political paradox shakes things up ahead of poll

TOKYO Japan's Yuriko Koike says she went into politics to be a player, not a bystander.

06 Oct 2017

Interview: Tokyo governor says wouldn't visit Yasukuni Shrine if she became PM

TOKYO Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new conservative party is challenging Japan's ruling bloc in an Oct. 22 election, said on Friday she would not visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead if she ever became prime minister.

06 Oct 2017

Tokyo governor says wouldn't visit Yasukuni Shrine if she became PM

TOKYO Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new conservative party is challenging Japan's ruling bloc in an Oct. 22 election, said on Friday she would not visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead if she ever became prime minister.

02 Oct 2017

Run or wait? Tokyo's Koike faces dilemma ahead of October 22 poll

TOKYO - Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has made no secret of her desire to be Japan's first female prime minister - she even named her pet terrier "Sori", Japanese for "premier".

30 Sep 2017

Tokyo's Koike reaches deal with opposition party ahead of Japan poll

TOKYO Popular Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose fledgling conservative party poses a growing challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc, agreed on Saturday to cooperate in next month's election with a small party based in western Japan.

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