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 30, 2016

    Modularity in New Market Formation

    • Speaker: Ronald Allen SANCHEZ (Professor of Management, Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics, Copenhagen Business School)
    • Commentator: SHIBATA Tomoatsu (Professor, Graduate School of Economics and Management / Faculty of Economics, Tohoku University)
    • Moderator: HASEGAWA Hiroshi (Deputy Director for cross-sectoral policy coordination, Manufacturing Industries Policy Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)
  • June 8, 2016

    Three Years of the Xi Jinping Administration and Japan-China Relations

    • Speaker: NAKAZAWA Katsuji (Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc.)
    • Moderator: TAMURA Akihiko (Senior Fellow & Director of Administration, RIETI)


Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • May 25, 2016

    2016 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan and 2016 White Paper on Small Enterprises in Japan

    • Speaker: INA Tomoko (Director, Research Office, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
    • Speaker: NAMURA Kimihide (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)


  • 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)


  • 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 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 11, 2016

    Toward a Service-oriented Country: Opening a new frontier of the mature economy

    • Speaker: MORIKAWA Masayuki (Vice Chairman & Vice President, RIETI)
    • Commentator: SAITO Toshikazu (Representative Director and Chairman, Renaissance Inc.)
    • Moderator: SASAKI Keisuke (Director, Service Affairs Policy Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)


  • 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)


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