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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

30 Nov 2017

Kansai Electric, Kyushu Electric delay nuclear plant restarts for Kobe Steel checks

TOKYO Two Japanese nuclear operators said on Thursday they will delay the restart of nuclear plants to check whether they have received compromised parts from Kobe Steel Ltd , which has admitted to widespread fabrication of data on products.

22 Nov 2017

Exclusive: Iraq looks to Kuwait gas pipeline to pay off reparations

DUBAI/TOKYO/LONDON Iraq has hired Japan's Toyo Engineering to help build a gas pipeline to Kuwait and a related petrochemical plant as Baghdad looks to reduce flaring and finish paying reparations owed for its 1990 invasion of its neighbor.

07 Nov 2017

Japan nuclear regulator says restart approval pace unlikely to speed up

TOKYO The pace of approvals for nuclear reactor restarts in Japan, where most plants remain shut following the Fukushima disaster, is unlikely to pick up in the coming years, the new head of Japan's nuclear regulator said in an interview on Tuesday.

01 Nov 2017

Japan's Osaka Gas plans resales of 3 mln T of LNG by 2020

TOKYO, Nov 1 Japan's Osaka Gas plans to raise its resales of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to third parties to 3 million tonnes a year by 2020, a top executive said on Wednesday, a move that would create more liquidity to Asia's emerging natural gas markets.

31 Oct 2017

Power sales decline for Japan's top utilities amid market liberalization

TOKYO Japan's three big power utilities reported another decline in electricity sales for the first half of the year as new entrants grab market share following liberalization of the 8 trillion yen ($71 billion) retail power market a year and a half ago.

18 Oct 2017

LNG producers take time to relax destination clauses despite Japan ruling

TOKYO, Oct 18 Global liquefied natural gas suppliers are taking time to revise destination clauses in supply contracts for Japanese buyers despite a ruling by authorities in Japan that the provisions are anti-competitive, industry sources said on Wednesday.

11 Oct 2017

Japan's JERA in talks for LNG contract with no destination limits

TOKYO Japan's JERA Co, the world's biggest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), is set to sign a new LNG contract soon that would be free of destination restrictions as it looks to secure volumes to replace some expiring long-term deals, its top official said on Wednesday.

04 Oct 2017

Japan regulator grants safety approval to Tepco's first reactor restart since Fukushima

TOKYO Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) on Wednesday received an initial safety approval from Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) to restart two reactors at the world's biggest nuclear power plant.

22 Sep 2017

Iran condensate exports to hit 5-month low in October: source

TOKYO/SEOUL Iranian exports of ultra-light crude oil known as condensate are set to fall to a five-month low in October, with supplies to its largest buyer South Korea cut by half, a source with knowledge of Iran's preliminary tanker schedule said on Friday.

19 Sep 2017

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

TOKYO/HIGASHI MATSUSHIMA, JAPAN A northern Japanese city's efforts to rebuild its electric power system after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami mark a quiet shift away from the country's old utility model toward self-reliant, local generation and transmission.

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