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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

19 Dec 2017

Japan, South Korea urge China to do more to halt North Korea's weapons programmes

TOKYO U.S. allies Japan and South Korea urged China to do more to get North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programmes, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday amid a tense standoff between North Korea and the United States.

06 Dec 2017

North Korea boats off Japan spark spy scare; but some suspect just luckless fishermen

TOKYO An increasing number of fishing boats from North Korea has been appearing off Japan - some in distress, some abandoned and some with dead bodies on board - raising fears about infiltration by spies as tension with North Korea surges. | Video

11 Nov 2017

Trans-Pacific trade deal advances without United States

DANANG, Vietnam Countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal have agreed on the core elements to move ahead without the United States, officials said on Saturday, after last-minute resistance from Canada raised new doubts about its survival. | Video

19 Oct 2017

Young Japanese voters, happy with job market, lean towards ruling party

TOKYO Young Japanese will back the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in a lower house vote on Sunday at a higher rate than their elders, survey data shows, apparently reflecting approval of low unemployment, not an ideological drift to the right.

17 Oct 2017

'Vanishing village' looks to Japan's LDP for survival

NANMOKU, Japan Chikara Imai, 73, is quick to dismiss the new parties in Sunday's national election in Japan, saying old ties with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is what the country's most elderly village needs for survival.

10 Oct 2017

Election campaigning underway in Japan as Abe takes on Hope

TOKYO Election campaigning in Japan began in earnest on Tuesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeking to repel an upstart new party that has pledged to rid the government of cronyism in a challenge to Abe's near-five year hold on power.

03 Oct 2017

In latest twist in Japan election drama, Tokyo's Koike says won't seek seat

TOKYO Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new party is challenging Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc in the Oct. 22 national election, said she would "100 percent" not run in the poll, the latest twist in a drama giving voters whiplash. | Video

28 Sep 2017

Japan calls snap election as new party roils outlook

TOKYO A fledgling party led by popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike gained momentum on Thursday ahead of an Oct. 22 election as the biggest opposition Democratic Party said it would step aside to let its candidates run under her conservative, reformist banner. | Video

14 Sep 2017

North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce U.S. to 'ashes and darkness'

SEOUL/TOKYO A North Korean state agency threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test.

12 Sep 2017

Japan's Abe to launch $17-billion Indian bullet train project as ties deepen

NEW DELHI/TOKYO Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will lay the foundation stone for India's first bullet train in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state this week, in a tightening of ties just days after New Delhi ended a dangerous military confrontation with China.

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