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

  • No events are scheduled at the present time.

Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • October 4, 2017

    Economic Developments and Monetary Policy: Will we ever get out of low interest rates?

    • Speaker: MOMMA Kazuo (Executive Economist, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd.)
    • Moderator: TASHIRO Takeshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • October 3, 2017

    Germany after the General Elections--Political and Economic Directions

    • Speaker: Wolfgang TIEFENSEE (Thuringian Minister of Economy, Science and the Digital Society)
    • Speaker: Hans Carl VON WERTHERN (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan)
    • Moderator: MINAMI Ryo (Director, Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese/German (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • September 15, 2017

    Asian Economic Outlook and Roles of ADB

    • Speaker: NAKAO Takehiko (President and Chairperson, Board of Directors, Asian Development Bank (ADB))
    • Moderator: MORIKAWA Masayuki (Vice President, RIETI)


    NOT for quotation

  • 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)


    NOT for quotation

  • 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)
    • Handout [PDF:423KB]
  • 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)