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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TOKYO/LONDON Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical nudged up its offer for Shire to 44.3 billion pounds ($62 billion) on Friday to try to persuade the rare-disease drugs specialist into talks after it rejected three previous proposals. | Video
TOKYO Aeon Co Ltd, Japan's largest retailer by sales, posted a record annual operating profit after a 14 percent jump from the previous year on the back of restructuring efforts, and forecast a further gain this year.
TOKYO ANA Holdings Inc , Japan's biggest airline by revenue, said on Thursday it would merge its units Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air by March 2020, to sharpen the competitive edge of its budget carrier business and tap growing travel demand in Asia.
(This March 8 story has been corrected to show in the 7th paragraph that Merck will pay, not receive, R&D reimbursement)
TOKYO/SAN FRANCISCO Riding a wave of new users, improved advertising options and an embrace of video content by users and advertisers alike, Twitter Inc's revenue has leaped in Japan, helping lead the company to its first quarterly profit. | Video
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.
SHANGHAI/TOKYO China's Didi Chuxing and SoftBank Group Corp will roll out a venture in Japan later this year to provide ride-hailing services, amid a global battle to control the technology increasingly central to urban transport.
ZURICH/TOKYO Swiss Re said it is in talks to sell a minority stake to SoftBank Group in a deal that could be worth $10 billion or more and would mark Japanese company's biggest move yet into financial services.
TOKYO SoftBank Group Corp aims to list its Japanese mobile phone unit this year as CEO Masayoshi Son moves to complete the transformation of the company he founded from domestic telecoms upstart into one of the world's biggest technology investors.
TOKYO Takeda Pharmaceutical Co lifted its estimate of annual profit to the highest in six years, boosted by stronger sales of cancer drug Velcade, while bowel disease drug Entyvio's sales growth helped it clock a jump in quarterly earnings.