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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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17 Jan 2018

Japan's solid machinery orders show firms ready to spend, support BOJ optimism

TOKYO Japanese orders for machinery surged to their highest level in a decade in November, in a sign businesses may finally be responding to policymakers' efforts to get companies to spend their massive cash piles to spur economic growth.

17 Jan 2018

Japan central bank to keep policy on hold, offer upbeat inflation view

TOKYO Japan's central bank is set to maintain upbeat price forecasts next week and paint a slightly better picture of the economy than it did three months ago, signaling its conviction the country is making slow but steady progress in eradicating deflation.

16 Jan 2018

BOJ Kuroda's optimism on economy, price outlook sends yen to four-month high

TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda offered a positive view on the economy and inflation on Monday, sending the yen to a four-month high against the dollar on simmering speculation it may exit its ultra-loose monetary policy earlier than expected.

12 Jan 2018

Shock reaction to BOJ bond buying cut makes stimulus exit a challenge

TOKYO When Japan's central bank made a small cut to its regular bond purchases this week, what should have been an unremarkable market operation to manage monetary policy shot the yen and bond yields higher as investors began to price in a rapid exit from crisis-era stimulus.

12 Jan 2018

BOJ to extend deadline for loan schemes to spur growth - sources

TOKYO, Jan 12 The Bank of Japan is expected to extend the deadline for loan programmes aimed at boosting lending to industries with growth potential, people familiar with the matter said, underscoring its resolve to keep supporting the economy with massive monetary stimulus.

11 Jan 2018

More Japan households see higher inflation, feel pinched: BOJ survey

TOKYO The percentage of Japanese households expecting inflation to accelerate has hit a nearly two-year high, a central bank survey showed, offering some hope that economic recovery will help the Bank of Japan meet its elusive 2 percent price target.

07 Jan 2018

Japan's Abe urges central bank's Kuroda to keep up efforts on economy

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called on central bank governor Haruhiko Kuroda to keep up efforts to reflate the economy, but added he was undecided on whether to reappoint Kuroda for another five-year term.

26 Dec 2017

Japan's households open their wallets, BOJ seen keeping stimulus

TOKYO Japan's households spent more than expected in November while consumer inflation ticked up and the jobless rate hit a fresh 24-year low, offering the central bank some hope an economic recovery will drive up inflation to its 2 percent target.

26 Dec 2017

Japan PM Abe urges firms to raise wages by 3 percent or more

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday urged companies to raise wages by 3 percent or more next year, keeping up pressure on firms to spend their huge cash pile on wages to broaden the benefits of his "Abenomics" stimulus policies.

25 Dec 2017

BOJ says low rates hurting banks but woes won't ease post-stimulus

TOKYO Prolonged ultra-easy monetary policy is weighing heavily on Japanese bank profits but financial institutions should not expect business conditions to brighten dramatically even after the central bank raises interest rates, a senior Bank of Japan official said.

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