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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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21 Jun 2018

Pro-smoking Japanese lawmaker apologises for heckling cancer patient

TOKYO A Japanese member of parliament apologised on Thursday for jeering a lung cancer patient testifying about the dangers of secondhand smoke, saying he had spoken out to prevent discrimination against smokers.

14 Jun 2018

Japan eyes Kim-Abe summit but abductees' families urge caution

TOKYO Japan is eyeing a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, government sources said on Thursday, while the foreign minister said a summit would have to bring results on the issue of Japanese abducted by Pyongyang.

14 Jun 2018

Japan eyes Kim-Abe summit but abductees' families urge caution

TOKYO Japan is eyeing a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, government sources said on Thursday, while the foreign minister said a summit would have to bring results on the issue of Japanese abducted by Pyongyang.

11 Jun 2018

Malaysia wants to be friendly, not indebted, to China, says Mahathir

TOKYO Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday his country will remain friendly with China, which invested billions of dollars during the previous Najib Razak government, but will not be "indebted to China".

08 May 2018

Victims of Japan's forced sterilizations demand justice after decades of silence

TOKYO One day when Saburo Kita was 14, he was taken from an institution for troubled children to see a doctor. Despite protesting that his health was fine, he was ordered to strip, lie down on a table, and was given a local anesthetic.

24 Apr 2018

Questions on sailing, triathlon remain for 2020 - IOC's Coates

TOKYO Tokyo 2020 still faces questions on judo, sailing and triathlon, where issues about water quality in particular remain unresolved, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates said on Tuesday with just over two years to prepare.

12 Apr 2018

Japanese finance minister admonishes top bureaucrat after harassment report

TOKYO Japan's finance minister admonished his top bureaucrat on Thursday after a magazine reported the official had sexually harassed several female journalists, but stopped short of imposing any punishment.

10 Apr 2018

U.S. envoy meets families of Japanese abducted by North Korea

TOKYO The U.S. ambassador to Japan on Tuesday met the families of people abducted by North Korea decades ago to train its spies, just a week before Japan's prime minister is expected to raise the emotive topic at a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

27 Mar 2018

Beijing starts drive for improved display at home Games

TOKYO China plans to field athletes in as many disciplines as possible at the Beijing-hosted 2022 Winter Olympics in a major push for medals in a country that has had limited success in winter sports, a Chinese Olympic official said on Tuesday

20 Mar 2018

Factbox: Potential successors to Shinzo Abe

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is under fire over controversy surrounding a heavily discounted land sale to a school operator with ties to his wife, Akie.

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