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

  • September 9, 2016

    She Is the Answer - IMF's work on gender issues and promoting womenomics in Japan

    • Speaker: Kalpana KOCHHAR (Director of Human Resource Department of the IMF)
    • Moderator: Sadanori ITO (Director for Human Resources Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • August 5, 2016

    The Changing Landscape of Trade Negotiations

    • Speaker: Alan V. DEARDORFF (John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics & Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan)
    • Moderator: ISHIKAWA Jota (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Handout [PDF:2.0MB]
  • July 15, 2016

    How to Assess the Recession Probability of the Global Economy: What should be Japan's contingency plan?

    • Speaker: KANNO Masaaki (Chief Japan Economist, JPMorgan Securities Japan Co., Ltd.)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • July 14, 2016

    What is Denmark's Future Design Thinking for Solving Social Challenges?

    • Speaker: OMOTO Aya (Laere Inc. Co-founder / Creative Process Designer)
    • Commentator: UCHIDA Yuki (Director/Managing Director, Re:public, Inc.)
    • Moderator: NISHIGAKI Atsuko (Director, Creative Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)


  • July 13, 2016

    E15 Initiative Report Launch

    • Speaker: Ricardo MELENDEZ-ORTIZ (The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD))
    • Speaker: Sean DOHERTY (Head of International Trade & Investment, World Economic Forum (WEF))
    • Speaker: Jonathan FRIED (Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the World Trade Organization (WTO))
    • Commentator: TAMURA Akihiko (Former Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Moderator: NAKATOMI Michitaka (Special Advisor to JETRO / Consulting Fellow, RIETI)
    • Executive Summary, Synthesis Report and Full Report

    (*Co-hosted with WEF, ICTSD and JETRO)

  • July 8, 2016

    FinTech in Japan -- What's going on in the field?

    • Speaker: YAMAGUCHI Toru (Executive Professional Director, Consulting Management Center, Financial System Solutions Bureau, NS Solutions Corporation)
    • Commentator: IWAMOTO Koichi (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Moderator: FUKUMOTO Takuya (Director, Industrial Finance Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • July 7, 2016

    Evidence and Issue of Extension of Healthy Life Expectancy

    • Speaker: SHIMADA Hiroyuki (Department Head, Department of Preventive Gerontology, Center for Gerontology and Social Science, National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG))
    • Moderator: ESAKI Yoshihide (Director, Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)


  • June 29, 2016

    Key Points of White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2016

    • Speaker: TANIZAWA Atsushi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI /Deputy Director, Americas Division and Former Deputy Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: SAITO Yukiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


  • June 24, 2016

    Outcome of COP21 and Japan's energy and climate policy challenges

    • Speaker: ARIMA Jun (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo)
    • Moderator: NASUNO Futoshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI /Director, Environmental Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI)


  • June 23, 2016

    Perfecting China, Inc.: China's Unambitious 13th Five-Year Plan

    • Speaker: Scott KENNEDY (Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS))
    • Moderator: TAKAGI Seiji (Director-General for International Affairs, Global ICT Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
  • June 22, 2016

    Future Direction of Japan's Manufacturing Industry in the IoT Era

    • Speaker: SHODA Satoshi (Former Director, Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: IWAMOTO Koichi (Senior Fellow, RIETI)