Kiyoshi Takenaka

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

16 Feb 2018

Japan opposition lawmakers look to pressure PM over school scandal

TOKYO Japanese opposition lawmakers on Friday urged a former finance official to testify in parliament about a suspected cronyism scandal that could pose a risk to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support and hurt his push to revise the pacifist constitution.

07 Feb 2018

Pence says U.S. to announce new, tough sanctions on North Korea

TOKYO U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that Washington would soon announce new, tough sanctions to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes, calling it the planet's "most tyrannical and oppressive regime". | Video

01 Feb 2018

Japan's revised smoking measures threaten smoky 2020 Olympics, critics say

TOKYO Two Japanese doctors on Wednesday raised concerns about the government's latest effort to prevent second-hand smoking, saying it could lead to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo being held in an "extremely smoky environment".

19 Dec 2017

Japan, South Korea urge China to do more to halt North Korea's weapons programmes

TOKYO U.S. allies Japan and South Korea urged China to do more to get North Korea to end its nuclear and missile programmes, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday amid a tense standoff between North Korea and the United States.

06 Dec 2017

North Korea boats off Japan spark spy scare; but some suspect just luckless fishermen

TOKYO An increasing number of fishing boats from North Korea has been appearing off Japan - some in distress, some abandoned and some with dead bodies on board - raising fears about infiltration by spies as tension with North Korea surges. | Video

11 Nov 2017

Trans-Pacific trade deal advances without United States

DANANG, Vietnam Countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal have agreed on the core elements to move ahead without the United States, officials said on Saturday, after last-minute resistance from Canada raised new doubts about its survival. | Video

19 Oct 2017

Young Japanese voters, happy with job market, lean toward ruling party

TOKYO Young Japanese will back the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in a lower house vote on Sunday at a higher rate than their elders, survey data shows, apparently reflecting approval of low unemployment, not an ideological drift to the right.

17 Oct 2017

'Vanishing village' looks to Japan's LDP for survival

NANMOKU, Japan Chikara Imai, 73, is quick to dismiss the new parties in Sunday's national election in Japan, saying old ties with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is what the country's most elderly village needs for survival.

10 Oct 2017

Election campaigning underway in Japan as Abe takes on Hope

TOKYO Election campaigning in Japan began in earnest on Tuesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeking to repel an upstart new party that has pledged to rid the government of cronyism in a challenge to Abe's near-five year hold on power.

03 Oct 2017

In latest twist in Japan election drama, Tokyo's Koike says won't seek seat

TOKYO Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new party is challenging Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc in the Oct. 22 national election, said she would "100 percent" not run in the poll, the latest twist in a drama giving voters whiplash. | Video


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