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.

Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • June 24, 2022

    The Latest Situation in Russia and Ukraine and Essential Thoughts on the Japan-India Relationship

    • Speaker: YAMAZOE Hiroshi (Senior Research Fellow, Regional Studies Department, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS))
    • Speaker: FUKUOKA Noriyoshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Southwest Asia Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: YOSHIDA Yasuhiko (Vice Chair, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • June 23, 2022

    Global Intelligence Series

    Carbon Pricing, From a Burden to an Opportunity? Testimony and shared vision from EDF, Europe’s leading electric utility

    • Speaker: Vincent DUFOUR (Senior Vice President Japan & Korea, EDF International)
    • Commentator: TANABE Yasuo (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Managing Director, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation)
    • Moderator: YAMADA Satoshi (Director for International Projects Promotion, Trade Promotion Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI)
  • June 16, 2022

    “New Direction” of Economic and Industrial Policies

    • Speaker: ISHIKAWA Hiroshi (Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Commentator: ITOH Motoshige (Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo)
    • Moderator: WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • June 15, 2022

    DX Series

    Four Keywords to Understanding the Success of Silicon Valley

    • Speaker: ISHIDA Kazutoh, PhD (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VIA Programs)
    • Commentator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo / Project Assistant Professor, Research Strategy Office, National Institute of Informatics (NII) / Specially Appointed Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) / Visiting Researcher, The Research Institute for Innovation Management, Hosei University)

    Japanese

  • June 14, 2022

    World Economic Outlook and the Asia Pacific Region: War sets back the global recovery

    • Speaker: SUMI Chikahisa (Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Commentator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, University of Niigata Prefecture)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • May 11, 2022

    Realization of the Physical Internet – Overcoming the logistics crisis

    • Speaker & Panelist: NAKANO Takeshi (Director, Logistics Policy Planning Office, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, METI)
    • Panelist: ONOZUKA Masashi (Partner, Roland Berger Ltd.)
    • Panelist: HORIO Jin (Senior Corporate Fellow, General Manager, Logistics Planning Department, Food Products Division, AJINOMOTO CO.,INC.)
    • Panelist: HIRASAWA Takahiro (Director, Logistics Policy Division, Policy Bureau, MLIT)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • April 20, 2022

    Food Security and Japan's Farm Policy: Lessons from the Russian invasion of Ukraine

    • Speaker: YAMASHITA Kazuhito (Senior Fellow (Specially Appointed), RIETI / Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • April 19, 2022

    High Economic Growth and Finance

    • Speaker: MATSUMOTO Takashi (Chairman, Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations)
    • Commentator & Moderator: GOTO Yasuoi (RIETI Research Associate / Professor, Faculty of Social Innovation Department of Innovation Studies, Seijo University)

    Japanese

  • April 13, 2022

    Industrial Policy for the Sustainable Development Goals – Increasing the Private Sector's Contribution –

    • Speaker: KITAZAWA Kohei (Strategic Planning Expert, Executive Office, Universal Postal Union / Former policy analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD)
    • Moderator: UCHIDA Ryoji (Director, International Economic Affairs Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • April 6, 2022

    DX Series

    Digital Businesses in the Post-COVID-19 Era

    • Speaker: OKAMURA Shingo (President & CEO, DeNA Co., Ltd.)
    • Commentator: WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo / Project Assistant Professor, Research Strategy Office, National Institute of Informatics (NII) / Specially Appointed Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) / Visiting Researcher, The Research Institute for Innovation Management, Hosei University)

    Japanese