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

  • May 29, 2020

    Development of North Korean International Interests -- Status of UN sanctions implementation, challenges they face, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

    • Speaker: TAKEUCHI Maiko (Member, Panel of Experts, established pursuant to UNSC resolution 1874 (2009))
    • Commentator: SUEMORI Hiroki (Director, Office of Research and Planning, Trade Control Department, METI)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI)


  • May 22, 2020

    Evidence Based Policy Making: An example of the effect of new technology on employment

    • Speaker: KAWAGUCHI Daiji (Program Director, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy; Director, Center for Research and Education in Program Evaluation, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo)
    • Commentator: MORITA Yoshihiro (Researcher, Robotics Policy Office, Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI)


  • May 15, 2020

    Global Value Chains in the Aftermath of the Corona Shock

    • Speaker: INOMATA Satoshi (Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Chief Senior Researcher)
    • Moderator: ONODERA Osamu (Deputy Director General for Trade Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


  • April 23, 2020

    The Economics of Luck and Chance

    • Speaker: UEMURA Shuichi (Economic & Business Commentator)


  • March 27, 2020

    China's Economy Facing both Internal and External Problems: Will this Crisis Create an Opportunity to Promote Reform and Opening-up?

    • Speaker: MENG Jianjun (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Center for Industry Development and Environment Governance (CIDEG), Tsinghua University)
    • Commentator: C. H. KWAN (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research)


  • March 19, 2020

    Considering the Shape of This Country: Reflection and discussions on parliamentary democracy in Japan and the UK

    • Speaker: TSURUOKA Koji (Former Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom)
    • Moderator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)


  • February 14, 2020

    Rebranding Valentine's Day in Japan - Creating social innovation

    • Speaker: OGAWA Noriko (Flowering Japan Council Marketing Director / Flower Scene Producer)
    • Commentator: HAINO Tami (PR Manager, Park Corporation)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI)


  • February 12, 2020

    Critical Ideas in Confronting the Revolutionary Era of 5G & DX Technologies

    • Speaker: MORIKAWA Hiroyuki (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)
    • Moderator: ANDOH Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)


  • February 6, 2020

    Current Status, Prospects and Challenges of Impact Investing in Japan

    • Speaker: ODA Satoshi (Knowledge Development Officer, Japan Social Innovation and Investment Foundation)
    • Speaker: ISHIKAWA Yoshiaki (CFO, Life is Tech, Inc.)
    • Speaker: UENO Sota (Co-CEO, Human Alba)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI)


  • January 29, 2020

    New Renewable Energy Technology Development Through Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration: To compete with the world

    • Speaker: SEGAWA Hiroshi (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)
    • Commentator: HIGASHINO Yasuaki (Assistant General Manager, Marubeni Corporation)
    • Moderator: ANDOH Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)