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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

21 Nov 2017

Japan Tobacco's new CEO lights up Imperial with M&A talk

TOKYO/LONDON Japan Tobacco Inc sparked takeover speculation on Tuesday by naming a new chief executive who wants the world's third-largest international tobacco maker to do more overseas acquisitions to offset falling cigarette sales at home.

16 Nov 2017

Banking body head warns about impact of Bank of Japan's negative rate policy

TOKYO The head of Japan's banking industry said on Thursday the Bank of Japan's massive monetary easing could cause disruption for the country's financial system if it remains in place too long.

14 Nov 2017

Japan's top banks lay out cost-cutting plans amid lending gloom

TOKYO Japan's top banks are accelerating cost-cutting measures as low interest rates and strict capital regulations continue to sap profits, with Mizuho Financial Group saying it would hire fewer people over the next decade to trim expenses.

07 Nov 2017

Sompo Japan plans to increase U.S corporate bond investment

TOKYO, Nov 7 Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc plans to increase investment in U.S. corporate bonds as it tries to secure returns amid persistently low yields on Japanese government bonds (JGBs) and other sovereign debts, senior officials said on Tuesday.

02 Nov 2017

Japan's Kobe Steel says violated statutory standards, losing customers

TOKYO Kobe Steel Ltd sank deeper into crisis on Friday as the embattled company said it had lost some customers to competitors because of widespread data falsification that had extended to its mainstream steel sheet business. | Video

01 Nov 2017

Vaping rivals, quitters cloud Japan Tobacco's cigarette sales

TOKYO Japan Tobacco Inc said it expected a steeper decline in cigarette sales at home than previously estimated, after earlier reporting disappointing results, as more smokers quit or defect to "heat-not-burn" tobacco products.

26 Oct 2017

Kobe Steel says nearly 90 customers yet to confirm its products are safe

TOKYO Kobe Steel Ltd said on Thursday 88 of its customers had yet to confirm its products were safe in the light of widespread tampering of specifications, but that it had not received any requests for recalls. | Video

24 Oct 2017

Sumitomo Life to increase U.S. corporate bond investment

TOKYO Japan's Sumitomo Life Insurance Co said it would boost investment in U.S. corporate bonds in October-March, as Japan's fourth-largest private sector life insurer by assets continues to curb buying of Japanese government bonds (JGBs).

11 Oct 2017

Japan's MUFG to automate operations to free bankers for wealthy clients

TOKYO Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (MUFG) plans to automate 30 percent of operations at its core banking unit by 2024, using software robots and artificial intelligence for paperwork that would otherwise take 9,500 employees to process.

06 Oct 2017

Japan's Dentsu gets only small fine for overtime breaches despite outcry

TOKYO Japan's Dentsu Inc was fined just 500,000 yen (£3,400) after a Tokyo court ruled it had made employees work overtime beyond legal limits - a case that followed a high profile death from overwork at the advertising giant. | Video

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