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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.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

15 Jun 2018

Demand for foreign workers may soften Japan's immigration rules

TOKYO Shinichiro Tsukada says his small plastering company in Tokyo wouldn't survive without the 22 Chinese and Vietnamese workers who make up half his payroll.

24 May 2018

Japan women see turning point on sexual harassment after scandal

TOKYO Japanese women, long accustomed to enduring sexual harassment in silence, are speaking out after a high-profile scandal involving a top bureaucrat stirred debate and protests.

11 May 2018

Japan must boost protection for sexual harassment victims, says Abe rival Noda

TOKYO A Japanese cabinet minister called on Friday for a law to strengthen relief and protection for victims of sexual harassment, but stopped short of urging legal changes to make such acts a crime.

11 May 2018

Potential contender for next Japan PM calls for ending ultra-easy monetary policy

TOKYO, May 11 The Bank of Japan should not continue its radical stimulus for too long given the strain ultra-low interest rates are inflicting on regional banks, said Seiko Noda, a cabinet minister considered one of the contenders to be the next prime minister.

09 May 2018

China, Japan and South Korea highlight unity amid North Korea moves

TOKYO China, Japan and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to cooperate in seeking the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying recent positive momentum must be matched by "concrete action" by North Korea. | Video

09 May 2018

Japan, China hail warming ties amid troubled history

TOKYO Japan and China, whose relations have been soured by disputes dating back to World War Two, hailed warming ties on Wednesday after agreeing to set up a security hotline to defuse possible maritime incidents that could spark tensions.

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.

11 Apr 2018

Japan's Abe sticks to denials as scandal doubts keep swirling

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe denied on Wednesday that he had intervened to secure preferential treatment for a friend's plan to set up a veterinary school despite new reports he had discussed the matter with the friend. | Video

27 Mar 2018

Former Japanese finance official Sagawa - no instructions from PM to alter land sale documents

TOKYO Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his wife, Finance Minister Taro Aso and their top aides did not give instructions to change documents about a land deal at the heart of a suspected cronyism scandal, a former finance ministry official said on Tuesday.

16 Mar 2018

Japan PM Abe's support falls to 39 percent amid cronyism scandal

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support has fallen 9.4 points to 39.3 percent, a survey by Jiji news agency showed, as suspicion swirls over a suspected cover-up linked to cronyism, Abe's worst crisis since taking office.

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