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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 (Time:12:15-13:45, unless otherwise stated)

New
No.969  September 2, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: MURAYAMA Yutaka (Director for Macroeconomic Analysis, Cabinet Office)
Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
"Annual Report on the Japanese Economy and Public Finance 2015"
NOT for quotation

No.970  September 3, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: KAWASUMI Masamitsu (General Manager, Economic & Industrial Research Department, Development Bank of Japan Inc.)
Moderator: IKARI Hiroshi (Research Coordinator and Senior Fellow, RIETI)
"2015 Survey of Capital Investment Plans"

New
No.971  September 9, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: YOSHINO Kyoji (Director-General for Energy and Environmental Policy, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy)
Moderator: HOSHINO Mitsuhide (Director of Research, RIETI)
"Outlook for Japan's Long-term Energy Supply and Demand"

No.972  September 17, 2015  
Speaker: WANG Ning (Senior Fellow, Ronald Coase Institute)
Commentator & Moderator: WATANABE Mariko (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Gakushuin University)
"How China Became Capitalist"

New
No.973  September 18, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: KIMOTO Hiroshi (Former General Director, JETRO BERLIN)
Speaker: IWAMOTO Koichi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Analyst for Industrial Policy, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group, METI)
Moderator: UENO Toru (Director of International Coordination and Public Relations & Senior Fellow, RIETI)
"Industrie 4.0"

No.974  September 25, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: MIYAMOTO Shiro (Lawyer / Former Director General of Industrial Policy Bureau, MITI)
Moderator: SEKIZAWA Yoichi (Senior Fellow and Research Coordinator (in charge of Policy History), RIETI)
Commentator: TAKEDA Haruhito (Program Director & Faculty Fellow, RIETI)
"The Haunted Decade: A reflection by a student draftee"

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Past BBL Reports and Summaries

No.968  August 18, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: ARAI Noriko (Director of Research Center for Community Knowledge and Professor of Information and Society Research Division, National Institute of Informatics / Professor, Multimedia Information Science, SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies))
Speaker: WATANABE Shoji (Director, Information Service Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
"Arrival of Artificial Intelligence that Can Pass University Entrance Examinations: What will happen to the labor market?"

No.967  August 5, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: KOMETANI Kazumochi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, International Legal Affairs Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
Commentator: NAKAGAWA Junji (Professor, Institute of Social Science, The University of Tokyo)
Moderator: TAMURA Akihiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director-General for Rules and Regulations, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
"Toward the Further Utilization of the WTO Dispute Settlement System: 2015 Report on Compliance with Trade Agreements and rule-oriented trade policy"
NOT for quotation

No.966  July 30, 2015  
Speaker: KITAO Sagiri (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Associate Professor, Hunter College and Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Moderator: TASHIRO Takeshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
"The Frontier of Economic Analysis of Aging Demographics and Social Security Reforms: An introduction to the state-of-the-art macro models"
Summary
Handout [PDF:1.4MB]

No.965  July 29, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: MOTOZAWA Junko (Former Deputy Director, Office for Overseas Business Support, Startup and New Business Promotion Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI / Attorney at Law, OH-EBASHI LPC & PARTNERS)
Commentator: TANGE Hideaki (Lead Economist, Research Institute, Japan Finance Corporation)
Moderator: GOTO Yasuo (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
"Trends in Realignment of Japanese SMEs' Overseas Operations: From the collection of cases"

No.964  July 23, 2015  
Speaker: Ulrike SCHAEDE (Professor of Japanese Business, University of California, San Diego)
Moderator: OKINA Yuri (Vice Chairman of the Institute, The Japan Research Institute, Limited)
"Trust Banks as Active Investors? An Analysis of Japan's Changing Shareholder Composition and Corporate Governance System"
Summary

No.963  July 22, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: KINOSHITA Nobuyuki (Senior Advisor, Aflac Japan)
Moderator: FUKAO Mitsuhiro (Program Director & Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Business and Commerce, Keio University)
"Bank Payment Services and Technologies for Cryptocurrency"

No.962  July 17, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: SHIMIZU Mikiharu (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
Moderator: ZHANG Hongyong (Fellow, RIETI / Lecturer, School of Economics, Senshu University / Lecturer, School of Political Science and Economics, Tokai University)
"White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2015"

No.961  July 13, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: WAKATABE Masazumi (Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University)
Moderator: OGAWA Kaname (Special Assistant to Director-General, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
"Do Economists Dream of Artificial Intelligence? : Average is Over and the future of the economy"

No.960  July 10, 2015  
Speaker: Giovanni FACCHINI (Professor, University of Nottingham)
Speaker: Yotam MARGALIT (Associate Professor, Columbia University / Tel Aviv University)
Moderator: NAKATA Hiroyuki (Senior Fellow (Adjunct), RIETI / Senior Lecturer, School of Management, University of Leicester, UK)
"Immigration --The effects of media and the evolution of debate in advanced economies"
Handout [PDF:1.4MB]
Handout [PDF:360KB]
Summary

No.959  July 8, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: DEGUCHI Haruaki (Chairman and CEO, LIFENET INSURANCE COMPANY)
Moderator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)
"Corporate Management and Policymaking: Lessons to learn from history"

No.958  July 3, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: MURATA Mari (Executive Officer, Director of Curation Service Planning Division, DeNA Co., Ltd. and CEO of iemo Co., Ltd.)
Commentator: SAKAMOTO Riwa (Director, Startup and New Business Promotion Division, Business Support Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
Moderator: YAMAGUCHI Kazuo (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, The University of Chicago)
"A New Way of Working for Women Entrepreneurs of the New Age"

No.957  June 29, 2015  
Speaker: Richard E. BALDWIN (Professor of International Economics, The Graduate Institute, Geneva / Director, CEPR)
Moderator: WAKASUGI Ryuhei (Senior Research Adviser, Program Director and Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University / Professor, Graduate School of International Studies and Regional Development, University of Niigata Prefecture)
"Servicification of Manufacturing: Facts and reflections on policy implications"
Handout [PDF:1.5MB]
Summary

No.956  June 26, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: INUI Tomohiko (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Preparatory Office for the Faculty of International Social Studies, Gakushuin University)
Moderator: ISOZUMI Koji (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Assistant Principal, Seiko Gakuin Junior High and High School)
"Measuring the Quality of Education and Analyzing its Determinants"

No.955  June 25, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: UESUGI Iichiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
Moderator: GOTO Yasuo (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
"Japan's SME Financing after the 'Two Lost Decades'"

No.954  June 24, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: ISHIKAWA Yasuharu (Chief Executive Officer, Cross Company Inc.)
Moderator: KOJIMA Eriko (Deputy Director, Business Environment Promotion Division, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
"[Venture Series] Local Contribution of Cross Company Inc."

No.953  June 17, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: SHIRAKAWA Hiromichi (Chief Economist, Credit Suisse Japan)
Moderator: IKARI Hiroshi (Research Coordinator (Research), RIETI)
"Outlook for Business Cycles and Asset Markets in Japan and Other Developed Economies: Is monetary policy normalization necessary?"

No.952  June 3, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: MATSUO Yutaka (Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo)
Moderator: MATSUDA Naoko (Felllow (Adjunct), RIETI / Project Assistant Professor, Todai Policy Alternative Research Institute, The University of Tokyo)
"Future of Artificial Intelligence --Beyond deep learning"

No.951  May 28, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: MIZUNO Masato (Director, Research Office, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
Speaker: SAKURAMACHI Michio (Director, Small Enterprise Division, Business Support Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
Moderator: UENO Toru (Director of International Coordination and Public Relations & Senior Fellow, RIETI)
"2015 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan and 2015 White Paper on Small Enterprises in Japan"

No.950  May 21, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: KINOSHITA Yuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Head of Office, IMF's Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (OAP))
Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
"Global Economy and Financial Markets: Outlook and Policy Challenges"
NOT for quotation

No.949  April 23, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: KIGAWA Makoto (Representative Director and Chairman, YAMATO HOLDINGS CO., LTD.)
Moderator: NOMURA Eigo (Director, Distribution and Logistics Policy Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
"Yamato Group's Management of Creating Satisfaction"

No.948  April 22, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: DOI Takero (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University)
Moderator: NII Yasuhito (Director, Corporate Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
"Persuasive Logic for a Corporate Tax Cut"

No.947  April 16, 2015  
Speaker: Randall S. JONES (Head of Japan/Korea Desk, Economics Department, OECD)
Moderator: OGAWA Kaname (Special Assistant to Director-General, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
"OECD Economic Survey of Japan 2015: Structural reforms to boost growth"
Handout [PDF:1.1MB]
OECD Economic Surveys JAPAN 2015 Overview
Summary

No.946  April 10, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: MITARAI Tamako (Chief Executive Officer, Kesennuma Knitting Co., Ltd.)
Moderator: MATSUMOTO Rie (Deputy Director, Budget and Accounts Division, Minister's Secretariat, METI)
"[Venture Series] Can Social Entrepreneurs Create New Local Industries? --My experience at McKinsey & Company, Bhutan, and Kesennuma Knitting--"
NOT for quotation

No.945  April 8, 2015   Japanese
Speaker: MATSUMOTO Takashi (Senior Advisor, Dai-Ichi-Life Research Institute Inc.)
Moderator: GOTO Yasuo (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
"Abenomics and the Risk-sensitive Economy"

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