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

  • October 6, 2022

    Understanding and Countering Beijing’s Strategy of Economic Decoupling on Chinese Terms

    • Speaker: John LEE (Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute)
    • Commentator: NISHIMURA Hiroyuki (Commentator and Editorial Writer, Nikkei)
    • Moderator: WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)
  • September 30, 2022

    APEC Energy Demand and Supply Outlook 8th Edition - Energy trends in the APEC region and Japan to 2050

    • Speaker: IRIE Kazutomo (President, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre)
    • Speaker: CHIYOYA Reiko (Researcher, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre)
    • Moderator: EDA Reiko (Senior Expert Officer, International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI)


  • September 29, 2022

    The COVID-19 Crisis - A Tale of Two Economists: Balancing economic activity with infection control measures

    • Speaker: FUJII Daisuke (Research Associate, RIETI / Project Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)
    • Speaker: NAKATA Taisuke (Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics and the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo)
    • Commentator: KOBAYASHI Keiichiro (Faculty Fellow, Program Director, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University / Research Director, Canon Institute for Global Studies / Research Director, the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research)
    • Moderator: SEKIZAWA Yoichi (Senior Fellow, Research Coordinator (EBPM), RIETI)


  • September 14, 2022

    The Future of Japan and Singapore

  • September 8, 2022

    DX Series

    The Potential of the Metaverse and Web3

    • Speaker: AKANUMA Jun (Senior Manager, XR Innovation Office, NTT DOCOMO, Inc)
    • Commentator: OKUMURA Kotaro (Deputy Director, IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, 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)


  • July 29, 2022

    Nagasaki Saves the World

    • Speaker: MIKAMI Kenji (Policy Director-General for Digital Strategy, Industry & Labor Department / Policy Director-General for New Industry Promotion, Policy Planning Department, Nagasaki Prefectural Government)
    • Speaker: MORITA Kouichi (Director, Dejima Infectious Diseases Research Alliance, Nagasaki University)
    • Speaker: SOYANO Kiyoshi (Professor / Director of Organization for Marine Science and Technology (OMST) (Doctor of Philosophy in Fisheries Science), Organization for Marine Science and Technology (OMST) / Institute for East China Sea Research, Nagasaki University)
    • Speaker: NOGUCHI Ichitaro (Mayor, Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)


  • July 27, 2022

    Growth and Capitalism in the Era of Climate Change

  • July 21, 2022

    The Sword and the Shield: The economics of targeted sanctions

  • July 20, 2022

    [RIETI-SME Support, JAPAN Webinar]Listening to SMEs During the COVID Crisis: Utilizing the SME business survey

    • Speaker: KONISHI Yoko (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Researcher, SME Support, JAPAN)
    • Commentator: YOSHIDA Naoki (Director, Research Office, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
    • Moderator: IHARA Makoto (Director, Information Strategy Division, Public Relations and Information Strategy Department, SME Support, JAPAN)


  • July 14, 2022

    Global Intelligence Series

    Japan’s Geoeconomic Strategy in the Indo-Pacific

    • Speaker: KATADA Saori N. (Professor of International Relations, University of Southern California)
    • Commentator: SUGINOHARA Masako (Professor, Faculty of Global and Intercultural Studies, Ferris University)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)