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

  • August 30, 2017

    Brexit: Recent Developments--The EEA Option

    • Speaker: Carl BAUDENBACHER (President, Court of Justice of the European Free Trade Association States (EFTA Court))
    • Moderator: KOMETANI Kazumochi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / General Counsel for International Legal Affairs, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
  • September 1, 2017

    Annual Report on the Japanese Economy and Public Finance 2017

    • Speaker: IBARAGI Hideyuki (Director for Macroeconomic Analysis, Cabinet Office)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Feldlow, RIETI / Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


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Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • July 27, 2017

    Servitization of Consumer Products to Generate Co-creation Value in Use Based on IoT

    • Speaker: MOCHIMARU Masaaki (Director, Human Informatics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))
    • Moderator: KONO Takashi (Deputy Director, Information Economy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)


  • July 14, 2017

    Policy Uncertainty in Japan

    • Speaker: ITO Arata (Fellow, RIETI)
    • Speaker: MIAKE Naoko (Economist, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Moderator: OIKAWA Keita (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Insurance Business Division, Supervisory Bureau, Financial Services Agency)


  • July 13, 2017

    Mechanism of Organizational Decline in Japanese Companies and Cultural Influence

    • Speaker: OGI Takehiko (President, Japan Human Resources Co.,Ltd.)
    • Moderator: MATANO Toshimichi (Deputy Director, Industrial Revitalization Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • July 12, 2017

    Dialogue on the Crucial Role of Education for Individual and Societal Prosperity

    • Speaker: KUMAHIRA Mika (Founder of Future Education Consortium)
    • Moderator: KASUTANI Toshihide (Director-General, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • July 7, 2017

    Outline of White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2017: How can we promote free trade in a sustainable way?

    • Speaker: ISHIKAWA Yasushi (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: SAITO Yukiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


  • July 6, 2017

    The Science of Japanese Personnel Management—How We Should Use Data to Identify Causal Relationships.

    • Speaker: OWAN Hideo (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo)
    • Moderator: ODAKI Kazuhiko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, College of Economics, Nihon University)


  • June 29, 2017

    Social Security System, Consumption or Investment

    • Speaker: MATSUMOTO Takashi (Senior Advisor, Dai-Ichi-Life Research Institute Inc.)
    • Moderator: HAYASHI Shigeru (Director of International Coordination and Public Relations, RIETI)


  • June 22, 2017

    Outline of the White Paper on Manufacturing Industries (Monodzukuri)

    • Speaker: TOKUMASU Shinji (Director, Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: IKARI Hiroshi (RIETI Senior Fellow / Research Coordinator (Research))


  • June 16, 2017

    Economics of Inequality among Children: Those who can and cannot afford cram school and extracurricular activities

    • Speaker: TACHIBANAKI Toshiaki (Visiting Professor, Kyoto Women's University)
    • Moderator: ISOZUMI Koji (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Economic Policy Unit, Minister's Secretariat, METI)


  • June 8, 2017

    Technological Innovation Including IoT and AI and Globalizing E-Commerce: Challenges and their future course

    • Speaker: SHIBANO Tomoo (Partner, TMI Associates / Adjunct Teacher, Keio University Law School)
    • Moderator: NISHIKAWA Kazumi (Director, Trade Policy Planning Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)