RIETI Policy Symposium

Industry Related Government Policy and the Global Economic Crisis


Amid the current financial and economic crisis, many governments have implemented a variety of policies to assist industry and business. These policies include firstly, temporary assistance for businesses in financial difficulties resulting from considerable exogenous shock and secondly, forward-looking assistance for future growth areas such as low-carbon and health industries.

Under these circumstances, it is necessary to understand exactly how each of the major countries around the world have implemented industrial policies as well as deepening discussions on what industrial policies should be during and after a crisis.

For this reason, RIETI will hold a symposium in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and has invited three specialists from the U.S., France, and Germany to share their experiences of how each of their countries approached policies aimed at assisting industry and business during the current crisis. We will also discuss the significance, issues, and future of such industrial-assistance policies in a panel discussion.


  • Time and Date: 13:30-18:00, Wednesday, December 16, 2009
  • Venue: Marunouchi Building Hall [PDF:268KB] (7th floor, 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: ¥2,000 (an official receipt will be issued)
    (Students ¥1,000; please present your student ID at the reception desk)
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: RIETI, (Ms.) Taeko MATSUKURA
    Tel: 03-3501-8398 Fax: 03-3501-8416

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Symposium Agenda

13:30 - 13:40 Opening Remarks

FUJITA Masahisa (President and Chief Research Officer, RIETI / Professor, Konan University / Adjunct Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

13:45 - 15:30 How Individual Countries Approach Assistance for Industry and Business

United States: Richard A. GITLIN (Chairman, Gitlin and Company, LLC)

France: Jacques HENROT (Partner and Head of the Restructuring and Dispute Resolution teams, De Pardieu Brocas Maffei)

Germany: Josef BROICH (Partner, Broich Bezzenberger)

15:30 - 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 - 17:55 Panel Discussion: Significance, issues, and future of industrial policies

Moderator: YOSHINO Naoyuki (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor of Economics, Keio University)


NISHIGUCHI Naohiro (Executive Managing Director, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan)

YANAGAWA Noriyuki (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo)

Richard A. GITLIN (Chairman, Gitlin and Company, LLC)

TAKITA Yoichi (Deputy Chief Editorial Writer, Nikkei INC.)

KOBAYASHI Keiichiro (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Visiting Professor, Chuo University)

17:55 - 18:00 Closing Remarks

OIKAWA Kozo (Chairman, RIETI)

18:00 - Reception

*Agenda is subject to change