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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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08 Aug 2018

Japan's Orix to buy $2.2 billion stake in HNA's aircraft lessor Avolon

TOKYO/SINGAPORE Japanese financial services group Orix Corp has struck a $2.2 billion (1.7 billion pounds) deal to buy a 30 percent stake in aircraft lessor Avolon Holdings as cash-strapped Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co Ltd trims holdings in its core assets.

26 Jun 2018

Tokyo exchange's landlord gets backing for 'poison pill' bid defence

TOKYO, June 26 Shareholders in the landlord of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) approved a "poison pill" defence against hostile investors on Tuesday, after an April run-up in the property company's shares fuelled speculation of a possible bid.

08 Jun 2018

Japan's home-sharing offerings evaporate ahead of new regulations

TOKYO Japan, which just months ago had tens of thousands of Airbnb and home-sharing properties available, has approved only about 150 before a new law kicks in next week, meant to bring order to the market and create more lodging options for foreign tourists.

31 May 2018

Tokyo Broadcasting sets June vote on activist proposal to cut crossholdings

TOKYO Shareholders of Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings (TBS) will vote next month on a proposal from a London-based investor to sell down the company's crossholdings and return the resulting proceeds to investors.

07 May 2018

Regulatory battle heats up over future of Japan's regional banks

TOKYO Two small Japanese banks made a fresh appeal on Monday to be allowed to combine and pledged to ease antitrust concerns, as a battle between two government agencies that could shape the fate of the nation's 100-plus struggling regional banks intensified.

23 Apr 2018

In Japan, new rules may leave home-sharing industry out in the cold

TOKYO Japan's new home-sharing law was meant to ease a shortage of hotel rooms, bring order to an unregulated market and offer more lodging options for foreign visitors ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

27 Mar 2018

Japan government urges firms not to rely too much on banks for M&As

TOKYO The Japanese government published a guidebook on Tuesday on how to conduct overseas M&As in a bid to reverse a recent trend of foreign acquisition flops by Japanese companies.

01 Mar 2018

Japan Post's $1.1 billion buyout fund aims to invest with KKR, Permira, others - executive

TOKYO Japan Post Holding Co's new $1.1 billion (800.64 million pounds) private equity fund plans to team up with global buyout firms such as KKR , Blackstone and Permira to invest in companies in Japan and overseas, a senior group executive said.

26 Jan 2018

Fujitsu in talks to sell mobile phone unit, highlighting fading Japanese presence

Japan's Fujitsu Ltd said on Friday it was in talks about selling its mobile phone business to investment fund Polaris Capital Group, becoming the latest Japanese electronics maker to withdraw from the sector.

15 Dec 2017

Japan approves merger in struggling regional bank sector after lengthy review

TOKYO Japan's antitrust regulator has approved a merger of Daishi Bank Ltd and Hokuetsu Bank Ltd , in a decision that pit considerations of competition against regional lenders' struggle to survive.

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