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

  • June 29, 2016

    Key Points of White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2016

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


  • 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)


  • 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 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)


Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • 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)


  • June 21, 2016

    Current Status and Issues of "Double Cares" -- Child-rearing with elderly care

    • Speaker: ITO Seiichi (Former Director, Research Division, Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office)
    • Speaker: NOZAKI Yuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Counsellor for Gender Equality Analysis, Research Division, Gender Equality Bureau, Cabinet Office)
    • Commentator: UNAYAMA Takashi (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Associate Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Moderator: FUJISAWA Hideaki (Director, Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • June 17, 2016

    Artificial Empathy: A key for future symbiotic society with AI and robots

    • Speaker: ASADA Minoru (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University)
    • Moderator: CHUMA Hiroyuki (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Social Innovation, Seijo University)


  • 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)


  • 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)
    • Handout 1 [PDF:1.6MB]
    • Handout 2 [PDF:3.1MB]
    • Handout 3 [PDF:3.9MB]
    • Comment [PDF:439KB]
  • 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)