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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

03 Apr 2018

Japanese online brokerage Monex mulls takeover of crypto exchange Coincheck

TOKYO Japanese online brokerage firm Monex Group Inc said on Tuesday it was considering buying Coincheck Inc, the cryptocurrency exchange hit by a high-profile $530 million theft of digital money earlier this year.

29 Mar 2018

Merits of any Takeda bid for Shire questioned, shares slide

TOKYO A potential acquisition of London-listed Shire by Takeda Pharmaceutical was greeted with investor scepticism about its merits on Thursday, with shares in the Japanese drug maker tumbling 7 percent.

20 Feb 2018

Japan's Sony to form alliance to build taxi-hailing system

TOKYO Sony Corp said on Tuesday it would become the latest blue-chip firm to jockey for position in Japan's taxi and ride-hailing market, with plans for a joint venture to develop an artificial intelligence-based hailing system.

29 Jan 2018

Rakuten seeks to boost financial services with $415 million Asahi Fire & Marine deal

TOKYO Japan's Rakuten Inc said it planned to purchase Asahi Fire & Marine Insurance Co Ltd for about $415 million, strengthening its portfolio of financial services as its steps up efforts to diversify beyond conventional online shopping.

26 Jan 2018

Fujitsu in talks to sell mobile phone unit, highlighting fading Japanese presence

Japan's Fujitsu Ltd said on Friday it was in talks about selling its mobile phone business to investment fund Polaris Capital Group, becoming the latest Japanese electronics maker to withdraw from the sector.

24 Jan 2018

Japan Airlines chief, credited with helping steer recovery, to step down

TOKYO Japan Airlines Co (JAL) said President Yoshiharu Ueki, who helped lead the company's recovery from bankruptcy, will be replaced by a senior executive in April, as the carrier looks to profitably win back some of its market share at home.

13 Dec 2017

Corrected: Fretting over savings, Mrs Watanabe turns to bitcoin

(Corrects June 2 story to remove reference to bitcoin's and other cryptocurrencies' status in Japan as "legal tender.")

17 Oct 2017

Japan's 'Blade Library' offers joy of blade running to amputees

TOKYO Haruta Saito, a young Japanese amputee who dreams of becoming a Paralympian, remembers strapping on a prosthetic "running blade" for the first time.

21 Sep 2017

More than 60 years on, Japan's mercury-poison victims fight to be heard

MINAMATA, Japan Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning.

11 Sep 2017

Circle of life: Japan's homeless banish despair through dance

TOKYO Penniless and subsisting only on water for three weeks, Tokyo street-dweller Tokuchika Nishi thought he had come to the end of his life.


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