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

  • 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)


  • 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)


    NOT for quotation

  • 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)


Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • 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)


  • June 2, 2017

    Report of Future Strategic Project by Vice-Minister and Young Officials

    • Speaker: UEDA Keiichiro (Deputy Director, Personnel Division, Minister's Secretariat, METI)
    • Speaker: SUGA Chizuru (Deputy Director, Industrial Finance Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Speaker: MIYASHITA Seiichi (Deputy Director, Trade Policy Planning Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Commentator & Moderator: MORIKAWA Masayuki (Vice Chairman & Vice President, RIETI)


  • May 25, 2017

    Tax Issues on Sharing Economy

    • Speaker: MORINOBU Shigeki (Professor, Chuo Law School)
    • Moderator: RYUZAKI Takatsugu (Director, Corporate Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • 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)


  • May 19, 2017

    Global Energy Markets and the Trump Administration

    • Speaker: TAKAI Hiroyuki (Executive Officer, Sumitomo Corporation / President and CEO, Sumitomo Corporation Global Research Co. Ltd.)
    • Moderator: FUJI Kazuhiko (Senior 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)
    • Handout (Prof. Pindyck) [PDF:786KB]
  • May 16, 2017

    World Economic Outlook – Gaining Momentum?

    • Speaker: KASHIWASE Kenichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Economist, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Moderator: ISHIKAWA Yasushi (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


    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)