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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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26 Jun 2017

Bank of Japan must communicate clearly, avoid stimulus-exit talk: June meeting summary

TOKYO Bank of Japan policymakers focused on how best to communicate their intentions as improvements in the economy heighten market attention to the timing of an exit from ultra-easy monetary policy, a summary of opinions from the June rate review showed.

22 Jun 2017

BOJ's Iwata sees no need to raise rates now as economy needs support

AOMORI, Japan Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Kikuo Iwata on Thursday dismissed the need to raise interest rates any time soon, stressing that the economy still requires support from "powerful" monetary easing, with inflation far from the central bank's 2 percent target.

16 Jun 2017

BOJ upgrades view on consumption, rules out early exit from stimulus

TOKYO The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Friday and upgraded its assessment of private consumption for the first time in six months, signaling its confidence in an export-driven economic recovery that is gaining momentum. | Video

16 Jun 2017

BOJ set to hold policy steady, signal confidence in economy

TOKYO The Bank of Japan is set to keep monetary policy steady on Friday and signal its confidence in a strengthening economy, as a tightening job market and solid global demand build a growing view that the recovery is gaining momentum.

14 Jun 2017

BOJ to keep policy steady, reassure markets stimulus exit still distant

TOKYO The Bank of Japan is set to keep monetary settings unchanged on Friday and reassure markets it will lag way behind the Federal Reserve in dialing back its massive stimulus program, with inflation stubbornly low despite a strengthening economy.

14 Jun 2017

Preview - BOJ to keep policy steady, reassure markets stimulus exit still distant

TOKYO The Bank of Japan is set to keep monetary settings unchanged on Friday and reassure markets it will lag way behind the Federal Reserve in dialling back its massive stimulus programme, with inflation stubbornly low despite a strengthening economy.

13 Jun 2017

Slowdown in BOJ's bond buying a result of stable yields: official

TOKYO The Bank of Japan rebuffed speculation that it was engaging in "stealth tapering" as its massive asset-buying programme nears its limit, stating instead its reduced bond buying reflected receding upward pressure on Japanese yields from U.S. Treasuries.

07 Jun 2017

Exclusive: BOJ to offer brighter view on economy, but downbeat on inflation

TOKYO The Bank of Japan is set to upgrade its economic assessment as early as next week to signal its growing conviction the recovery is gathering momentum, people familiar with its thinking told Reuters, reinforcing expectations its next move would be to tighten monetary policy.

05 Jun 2017

IMF warns U.S. fiscal uncertainty, China's credit growth pose risk to Asia

TOKYO A lack of clarity about the size of an expected U.S. fiscal stimulus and China's rapid domestic credit growth are among risks that cloud Asia's economic outlook, a senior International Monetary Fund official said on Monday.

01 Jun 2017

BOJ will not face big long-term losses when it unwinds stimulus: Harada

GIFU, Japan Any losses the Bank of Japan may incur when it eventually begins to tighten monetary policy will be temporary and would not be a serious problem for the economy, board member Yutaka Harada said on Thursday, seeking to address concerns of some market players.

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