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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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24 May 2018

BOJ member warns against overly stimulating demand with easy policy

MAEBASHI, Japan Bank of Japan board member Makoto Sakurai said on Thursday excessive monetary easing could destabilize the economy and suggested the central bank could whittle down its massive stimulus programme if growth continues to strengthen.

23 May 2018

Japan to backtrack on budget target, social welfare reform as tax hike looms

TOKYO Japan will delay its time frame for a balanced budget by five years to 2025, government and ruling party proposals show, leaving premier Shinzo Abe room to open the fiscal spigot to ease the economic blow from a sales tax hike next year.

22 May 2018

Kuroda says BOJ will signal exit plan if prices pick up, warns of risks

TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank will telegraph to markets how it plans to exit from ultra-easy policy when conditions for hitting its price goal become robust.

21 May 2018

BOJ wins approval for dropping its inflation target timeframe

TOKYO The Bank of Japan on Monday won approval from influential members of the government's leading advisory panel for its decision to abandon the timeframe it had set for meeting its inflation target.

18 May 2018

Bank of Japan inflation target recedes as consumers resist price rises

TOKYO Japan's core consumer price growth slowed in April for a second straight month, showing little of the inflationary momentum needed to reach the central bank's elusive 2 percent target.

17 May 2018

Japan plans retaliatory tariffs against United States: NHK

TOKYO Japan is considering tariffs on U.S. exports worth $409 million in retaliation against steel and aluminum import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, media reported on Thursday. | Video

17 May 2018

U.S. 'looking for a deal' with China on trade: White House adviser

(This version of the May 15th story corrects paragraph 18 to say "change" (not "rescind"). This error also occurred in earlier stories in the series)

16 May 2018

Japan's GDP ends best growth run in decades as spending, trade fade

TOKYO Japan's economy contracted more than expected at the start of this year, suggesting growth has peaked after the best run of expansion in decades, unwelcome news for a government struggling to get traction for its reflationary policies. | Video

15 May 2018

BOJ's Kuroda shifts into lower gear on stimulus policy

TOKYO As Haruhiko Kuroda walks away from his "shock and awe" stimulus in favor of incremental policy shifts, he is edging ever closer to the approach of his predecessor at the Bank of Japan, a man he once derided for being too cautious.

15 May 2018

BOJ governor signals room to hike yield target before price goal met

TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday signaled the possibility the central bank could raise its long-term interest rate target before inflation hits its elusive 2 percent target.

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