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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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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.

09 Feb 2018

China's Didi, SoftBank target Japan in taxi-hailing push

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.

08 Feb 2018

Swiss Re in talks to sell stake to SoftBank

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.

07 Feb 2018

Japan's SoftBank aims to list domestic telecoms unit this year

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.

01 Feb 2018

Japan's Takeda raises profit estimate on cancer drug sales

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.

31 Jan 2018

SoftBank Group to take majority stake in Line's mobile unit

TOKYO Japan's Line Corp said on Wednesday that it had entered an agreement with SoftBank Group Corp to give the telecoms and technology firm a majority stake in Line's mobile unit.

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

Walmart to launch online grocery delivery in Japan in deal with Rakuten

NEW YORK/TOKYO Walmart has struck a partnership with e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc to launch an online grocery delivery service in Japan, its latest effort to forge an alliance with a popular homegrown chain to crack a competitive market. | Video

19 Jan 2018

SoftBank telecoms IPO faces headwinds from govt.-backed upstarts

TOKYO SoftBank Group Corp's expected spin-off of its Japanese telecoms business will lure investors seeking exposure to a solid tech name, but the prospect of tougher competition in a mature industry may turn off those chasing higher returns.

15 Jan 2018

SoftBank considers IPO for Japan wireless unit, said to seek $18 billion

TOKYO SoftBank Group Corp said on Monday it was considering listing its Japanese wireless business - a move that could reportedly raise $18 billion and would accelerate the conglomerate's transformation into one of the world's biggest tech investors. | Video

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