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

  • January 15, 2020

    New Development of "Business Support Library" Useful for Regional Revitalization

    • Speaker: YONO Momoko (Collection Building, Japan Business Library Association)
    • Commentator: TAKEUCHI Toshiaki (President, Japan Business Library Association / Visiting Professor, The University of Electro-Communications)
    • Moderator: ANDO Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)


  • January 14, 2020

    Rugby and the Future of Japan

    • Speaker: IWABUCHI Kensuke (Chairman, Japan Rugby Football Union)
    • Commentator: SAIKI Naoko (Director, Japan Rugby Football Union)
    • Moderator: MIYASHITA Hiroshi (Director, Service Industries Office, Service Affairs Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, METI)


  • January 10, 2020

    Collective Action in a Fragmented World

    • Speaker: Jean PISANI-FERRY (Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics / Sciences Po, Paris / EUI, Florence / Bruegel, Brussels / Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)
    • Moderator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:444KB]
  • January 9, 2020

    What "Sapiens" Suggests on Rulemaking and Innovation

    • Speaker: NAKAHARA Hirohiko (Deputy Director-General for Economic and Social Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Speaker: FURUYA Hajime (Director, Startup and New Business Promotion Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Speaker & Moderator: IKEDA Yoko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI/Deputy Director, International Policy Division, Japan Patent Office, METI)


  • December 26, 2019

    Managing Currency Risk

    • Speaker: ITO Takatoshi (Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University/Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
    • Speaker: SATO Kiyotaka (Professor, Department of Economics, Graduate School of International Social Sciences, Yokohama National University)
    • Speaker: SHIMIZU Junko (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Gakushuin University)
    • Commentator: KOIBUCHI Satoshi (Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Chuo University)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


  • December 19, 2019

    Beyond TICAD7 - Opportunities in Powering African Industrial Development through UNIDO Energy (DOE)

    • Speaker: OISHI Hiroshi (Chief Technical Advisor, Department of Energy (DOE), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO))
    • Commentator: ADACHI Mai (Deputy Director, Technical Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: ANDO Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)


  • December 17, 2019

    Irrationality of Human Resource Management in Japan Seen from Gender Discrimination in Medical Schools and Gender Segregation in Profession

    • Speaker: YAMAGUCHI Kazuo (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago)
    • Moderator: SEKI Hiromi (Deputy Director, Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • December 16, 2019

    Frontier of AI and Face Recognition Technology

    • Speaker: IMAOKA Hitoshi (NEC Fellow, NEC Corporation)
    • Moderator: YOSHIDA Hiroki (Deputy Director, IT Project Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)


    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • December 11, 2019

    World and Regional Economic Outlook - Global Manufacturing Downturn, Rising Trade Barriers

    • Speaker: SUMI Chikahisa (Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Moderator: OIKAWA Keita (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • December 10, 2019

    Causal Machine Learning: From 21st century web industry to 22nd century public policy

    • Speaker: NARITA Yusuke (Assistant Professor / Stanford University Visiting Assistant Professor / Jinch Inc. Cofounder)
    • Commentator & Moderator: ICHIKAWA Tagui (Director General, AIST Tokyo Waterfront and Deputy Director General for AI, Department of IT and Human Factors at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))