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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

20 Jun 2018

Toyota captures data goldmine in $1 billion Grab bet

TOKYO/SINGAPORE By pumping $1 billion (759.65 million pounds) into ride-hailing firm Grab, Toyota Motor Corp stands to gain a passenger-side view of tens of thousands of cars across Southeast Asia, tracking how fast they drive, how far they travel and the time they spend stuck in traffic.

08 Jun 2018

Japan automaker lobby slams U.S. tariff threat ahead of July trade talks

TOKYO Japan's automakers association (JAMA) on Friday criticized moves by the United States to explore raising tariffs on Japanese auto exports, just as the two countries plan trade talks in July that may increase pressure on Tokyo to open up its markets.

01 Jun 2018

Toyota sheds some manufacturing to focus on new car technology

TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp on Friday said it was planning to transfer some its parts manufacturing operations to its main supplier Denso Corp to free up resources to compete more effectively on new vehicle technologies.

14 May 2018

Nissan says equity change in Renault alliance an option

TOKYO Nissan Motor and its French automaking partner Renault SA are considering a range of options, including a more balanced equity structure, to ensure their alliance survives beyond its current leadership, the Japanese company said on Monday.

11 May 2018

Mazda taps Americas head as CEO to raise game in its biggest market

TOKYO Mazda Motor Corp has named the head of its Americas operations as its next president and CEO after its current chief steps down in June, as Japan's fifth-largest automaker seeks to boost profitability in North America, its biggest market.

10 May 2018

Japan's Suzuki Motor ramps up R&D spend to defend India dominance

TOKYO Suzuki Motor Corp on Thursday said it would earmark record investment this year for research and development into technologies such as electric vehicles (EVs) as it defends it dominance in its biggest market, India.

09 May 2018

Toyota bets on cost cuts to drive record-high R&D spend

TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp is stepping up cost reductions to shore up its money chest, as it looks to ramp up investment in new technologies, but cautioned a stronger yen would chip away at its operating profit and higher annual sales.

27 Apr 2018

Japan's Honda, Mazda issue profit warnings as yen rise clouds outlook

TOKYO Two Japanese automakers, including Honda Motor , issued profit warnings for the current financial year on worries a stronger yen would erode their operating earnings, wiping out the impact of record high global vehicle sales.

26 Apr 2018

Asia a bright spot for Japan carmakers facing sluggish U.S. sales, trade concerns

TOKYO Japanese automakers that rely heavily on exports to sell their models in the United States would be hardest hit by trade restrictions the country is threatening to impose, as rivals with more limited exposure focus on growing, niche markets.

23 Apr 2018

Volvo Trucks plans to share electric truck battery tech across brands

TOKYO Volvo Trucks plans to share battery technology across its brands to tame development and production costs for the crucial but expensive component, as the world's second-largest truck maker ramps up electric offerings, the company told Reuters on Monday.

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