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

  • May 10, 2016

    How the Syrian Conflict may End?--A new Westphalian order in the Middle East?

    • Speaker: MATSUMOTO Futoshi (Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of Japan in Syria)
    • Moderator: IKEYAMA Shigetoshi (Director, Middle East and Africa Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


  • May 17, 2016

    The Movement towards Energy Autonomy in Germany and its Energy Strategy

    • Speaker: MURAKAMI Atsushi (Journalist / Representative Director, Club Vauban Association)
    • Moderator: YOSHIKAWA Tetsushi (Director, Policy Planning Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy)


  • May 20, 2016

    World Economic Outlook-Too Slow for Too Long

    • Speaker: KASHIWASE Kenichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / 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)


  • May 24, 2016

    Law and Economics on Market Quality

    • Speaker: YANO Makoto (President and Chief Research Officer(CRO), RIETI / Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)
    • Moderator: NAKAHARA Hirohiko (Counsellor, Cabinet Secretariat)


Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • April 27, 2016

    Introduction to International Financial Regulatory Standards

    • Speaker: KAWAI Yoshihiro (Secretary General, International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) / Member, Financial Stability Board)
    • Moderator: KUROSAWA Toshitake (Deputy Director-General, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI)


  • April 26, 2016

    The Future Vision of Long Term Care Services: The report by "The Study Group on the Provision of Long Term Care Services in Response to Future Long Term Care Demand

    • Speaker: KATO Hisakazu (Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Meiji University)
    • Moderator: HASHIMOTO Shingo (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • April 15, 2016

    "Wither the WTO?" 2.0

    • Speaker: MATANO Motosada (Director, International Trade Division, Economic Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)
    • Commentator: KAWASE Tsuyoshi (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Law, Sophia University)
    • Moderator: TAMURA Akihiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director-General for Rules and Regulations, METI)


  • April 14, 2016

    Laws and Regulations Designed to Promote Growth: On the occasion of publication of "Rules for Growth" (Japanese translation)

    • Speaker: NAKAHARA Hirohiko (Counsellor, Cabinet Secretariat) / SUZUKI Atsuto (Executive Director, Research Department, Deposit Insurance Corporation of Japan)
    • Moderator: INOUE Hiroo (Director, Industrial Revitalization Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • March 18, 2016

    China's 13th Five-year Plan (2016-2020): Impact on China and the World

    • Speaker: HU Angang (Dean and Professor, Institute of Contemporary China Studies, Tsinghua University) / MENG Jianjun (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Center for Industry Development and Environment Governance (CIDEG), Tsinghua University)
    • Commentator: C. H. KWAN (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research)
    • Moderator: SATO Tomoya (Director, Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Time: 12:15-13:45 (Registration desk and seminar room open at 12:00)


  • March 17, 2016

    Science and Technology Innovation Policy in the Era of Transformation: The Fifth Science and Technology Basic Plan for realizing a super smart society

    • Speaker: NAKANISHI Hironori (Deputy Director General for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, Japan)
    • Moderator: TAMURA Suguru (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Time: 12:15-13:30 (Registration desk and seminar room open at 12:00)


  • March 11, 2016

    Jokowi's Economic Policy: What will it take to reach sustainable development?

    • Speaker: Fauziah ZEN (Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA))
    • Commentator: URATA Shujiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University)
    • Moderator: FUKUNAGA Yoshifumi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Principal Deputy Director, Energy Supply and Demand Policy Office, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (METI))
    • Time: 12:15-13:30 (Registration desk and seminar room open at 12:00)
    • Handout [PDF:1.1MB]
  • March 10, 2016

    An Analysis of FTA from the Theoretical Viewpoint

    • Speaker: ISHIKAWA Jota (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Moderator: WATANABE Tetsuya (Director-General, Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Time: 12:15-13:30 (Registration desk and seminar room open at 12:00)


  • February 29, 2016

    Stronger Growth Remains Elusive: Urgent policy response is needed

  • February 26, 2016

    Fintech Overview

    • Speaker: Louis J. FORSTER (General Partner, Green Visor Capital) / Sam WEN (Venture Partner, Green Visor Capital)
    • Moderator: MATSUDA Naoko (Fellow, RIETI / Assistant Professor, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, the University of Tokyo)
    • Time: 12:15-13:30 (Registration desk and seminar room open at 12:00)

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