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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

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.

15 Mar 2018

Japan PM's office knew of possible problems with land-deal documents

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office was aware in early March of potential problems with documents about a controversial land sale to a school operator with ties to Abe's wife, his top spokesman said on Thursday, amid suspicions of a cover-up.

14 Mar 2018

Ageing Japan: Prisons cope with swelling ranks of elderly inmates

TOKUSHIMA, Japan A gaunt, 92-year-old man in a wheelchair sunbathes in a narrow courtyard, motionless, his eyes closed. Nearby, a few dozen other elderly men with short grey hair exercise slowly as an instructor gently calls out, "Don't strain yourselves." | Video

27 Feb 2018

Figure skating: Ambitious Hanyu fancies audacious quintuple jump

TOKYO Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu, the first man in 66 years to win back-to-back Olympic figure skating gold medals, said on Tuesday he would like to successfully land a quintuple jump and break the five-spin barrier.

16 Feb 2018

Japan opposition lawmakers look to pressure PM over school scandal

TOKYO Japanese opposition lawmakers on Friday urged a former finance official to testify in parliament about a suspected cronyism scandal that could pose a risk to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support and hurt his push to revise the pacifist constitution.

07 Feb 2018

Pence says U.S. to announce new, tough sanctions on North Korea

TOKYO U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that Washington would soon announce new, tough sanctions to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes, calling it the planet's "most tyrannical and oppressive regime". | Video

01 Feb 2018

Japan's revised smoking measures threaten smoky 2020 Olympics, critics say

TOKYO Two Japanese doctors on Wednesday raised concerns about the government's latest effort to prevent second-hand smoking, saying it could lead to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo being held in an "extremely smoky environment".

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

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