BBL Seminars

RIETI's periodic Brown Bag Lunch (BBL) seminars welcome an array of guest experts to share their research and views. The sessions encourage lively discussion that contributes to dynamic policy-related debate.
Presently, BBL Seminars are not open to the public as spaces are limited. Select transcripts are available below.

Scheduled BBL Seminars

Time:12:15-13:30, unless otherwise stated

  • April 27, 2017

    A Mechanism Causing a Series of Earthquakes in Kumamoto and Elsewhere in Japan: What is thermal energy transmigration theory?

    • Speaker: TSUNODA Fumio (Emeritus Professor, Saitama University)
    • Moderator: FUJI Kazuhiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


    NOT for quotation

  • May 12, 2017

    World's Great Excess of Supply

    • Speaker: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)
    • Moderator: NOHARA Satoshi (Director, Economic and Industrial Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI / Consulting Fellow, RIETI)


  • May 17, 2017

    Energy Markets: What to do when forecasting is useless

    • Speaker: Robert S. PINDYCK (Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Professor of Economics and Finance, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    • Moderator: KOBAYASHI Keiichiro (Program Director & Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University / Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies)
  • May 24, 2017

    2017 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan and 2017 White Paper on Small Enterprises in Japan

    • Speaker: INA Tomoko (Director, Research Office, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)


Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • April 6, 2017

    Causal Inference in Economics

    • Speaker: NAKAMURO Makiko (Associate Professor, Faculty of Policy Management & Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University)
    • Moderator: SUDO Osamu (Director, Budget and Accounts Division & Director, Policy Evaluation and Public Relations Division, Minister's Secretariat, METI)


  • March 31, 2017

    Evidence Based Medicine Visited

    • Speaker: SEKIZAWA Yoichi (Senior Fellow & Research Coordinator (Policy History), RIETI)
    • Commentator: KIMURA Moriyo (Director, SO-YOU Research Institute of Medicine)
    • Moderator: KONISHI Yoko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


  • March 23, 2017

    Rethinking Global Financial Regulatory Reform

    • Speaker: MIYAUCHI Atsushi (Advisor, Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. / Mizuho-DL Financial Technology Co., Ltd.)
    • Moderator: GOTO Yasuo (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


    NOT for quotation

  • March 15, 2017

    Prospects of the Chinese Economy under the New International Situation

    • Speaker: MENG Jianjun (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Center for Industry Development and Environment Governance (CIDEG), Tsinghua University)
    • Commentator: C. H. KWAN (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research)


    NOT for quotation

  • March 8, 2017

    Problem-solving Innovation Using AI and Data: "Kids Design" as an example

    • Speaker: NISHIDA Yoshifumi (Prime Senior Researcher, The Artificial Intelligence Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)


  • February 23, 2017

    Gender Inequality in the Workplace

    • Speaker: YAMAGUCHI Kazuo (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, the University of Chicago)
    • Commentator: KOMURO Yoshie (President and CEO, Work Life Balance Co., Ltd.)
    • Moderator: SEKI Mari (Deputy Director, Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • February 2, 2017

    Putin's Russia and Japan-Russia Relations

    • Speaker: SHIMOTOMAI Nobuo (Professor, School of Politics, Hosei University)
    • Moderator: FUJI Kazuhiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Senior Research Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS))


  • January 18, 2017

    Making a Paradigm Shift in Life Science: All-purpose humanoid robot Mahoro brings innovation to bio research

    • Speaker: TAKAGI Eiji (CEO, Robotic Biology Institute Inc.)
    • Moderator: NISHIMURA Hidetaka (Director, Bio-Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)


    NOT for quotation

  • January 17, 2017

    The Trump Administration and U.S.-Japan Relations

    • Speaker: Glen S. FUKUSHIMA (Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress)
    • Moderator: KOMIYAMA Yasuji (Director, Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


    NOT for quotation

  • January 11, 2017

    Japan's Long-term Care Insurance after 15 Years: Shall we return to the welfare program system or keep pursuing market mechanisms?

    • Speaker: SUZUKI Wataru (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Gakushuin University)
    • Moderator: YIN Ting (Fellow, RIETI / Part-time Lecturer, Faculty of Economics, Meiji Gakuin University / Visiting Researcher, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University)