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
［香港 １０日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS］ - 品質管理を巡る問題が、日本株式会社を蝕（むしば）んでいる。製鋼大手の神戸製鋼所が、アルミニウムや銅の製品の一部について契約した製品仕様に適合しているように見せかけて約２００社に出荷していたと発表。
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Japan is finally warming up to buyouts. The world’s third-biggest economy should be a prime hunting ground for private equity: Japanese firms make great products and are often parochial, poorly run, and undervalued, offering lots of room for improvement. Yet the country has long frustrated foreign PE shops. This year offers proof things are improving.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - In a Japanese ad-land spat, Bain Capital has the advantage. On Monday, the U.S. buyout firm unveiled a 152 billion yen ($1.3 billion) deal to privatise Asatsu-DK, Japan’s third-largest advertising agency. This gives ADK’s bosses a way to escape a disappointing 1998 tie-up with Britain’s WPP.
［香港 ２６日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS］ - 日本郵政は再び、高配当に頼ろうとしている。日本政府は、保有する日本郵政株を約１兆４０００億円売却する。うち約４分の３が個人投資家向けだ。
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Japan Post is relying on fat payouts again. Tokyo is selling down about $11 billion of stock in the postal operator and financial holding company, with about three-quarters going to local households. Like the huge privatisation in 2015, this sequel owes little to the former state monopoly’s growth prospects – and almost everything to a cheap valuation and high dividend yield.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Artificial intelligence is the backseat driver of SoftBank’s move on Uber. Masayoshi Son’s tech and telecoms group is close to investing $10 billion in the U.S. ride-hailing giant, the Wall Street Journal says. That reflects the Japanese maverick’s belief in the disruptive power of self-driving cars.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - China’s political direction could soon get clearer. On Thursday, Beijing's official Xinhua news agency revealed an Oct. 18 start date for the biggest set-piece in the political calendar, the twice-a-decade Communist Party congress. A reshuffle at the top will say a lot about President Xi Jinping’s plans.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - China’s big banks are digging deeper into the housing market. First-half results from the country’s four largest lenders, released on Wednesday, showed year-over-year increases in earnings of between 1.8 and 11.5 percent. They are also extending new credit more slowly than the wider financial system. That relative restraint is welcome, as are some signs of improvement on bad loans. But continued heavy lending into China’s residential property boom could be storing up fresh trouble.
HONG KONG (Reuters Breakingviews) - Toshiba aims to please almost everyone with a rejigged selloff. The stricken electronics group must sell its $17 billion memory unit quickly. The first attempt stalled thanks to troublemaking from Western Digital, upon which Toshiba is now pinning its hopes. Version 2.0 should still win antitrust approval - and looks Japanese enough to pass muster in Tokyo.
［香港 ２９日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS］ - 東芝は半導体子会社の売却を再交渉することで、関係各方面のほぼ全てを喜ばせようとしている。
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