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.

Scheduled BBL Seminars

Time:12:15-13:15, unless otherwise stated

  • No events are scheduled at the present time.

Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • November 19, 2018

    Re-defining Creative Industries in Japan, Re-imagining the Role of the State--Within the context of global and transnational linkages in ASEAN and East Asia

    • Speaker: David LEHENY (Professor, Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies)
    • Speaker: NAKAJIMA Seio (Associate Professor, Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies / Director, Research Institute of Automobile and Parts Industries [RIAPI], Waseda University)
    • Commentator: MIMAKI Junichiro (Director, Cool Japan Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, METI)
    • Moderator: AMBASHI Masahito (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA))

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • November 8, 2018

    The Mid-Term Election in the U.S. and the Directions of the Trump Administration

    • Speaker: KUBO Fumiaki (Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo)
    • Moderator: TANIZAWA Atsushi (Deputy Director, Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI / Consulting Fellow, RIETI)


  • November 7, 2018

    Purpose Led, Performance Driven -- Our Corporate Strategy to Do Well by Doing Good

    • Speaker: Dimitri de VREEZE (Member of the Board, Royal DSM・Board Member CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council))
    • Moderator: NOBUTANI Kazushige (Deputy Director-General for Technology and Environment, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:4.1MB]
  • October 26, 2018

    Some Aspects of Productivity Difference Among Japanese Regions

    • Speaker: TOKUI Joji (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor at Faculty of Economics and Law, and Vice President of Shinshu University)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)


  • October 25, 2018

    A View from Europe: Monetary policy, structural reforms and the rise of populist politics

    • Speaker: Paola SUBACCHI (Senior Research Fellow, Global Economy and Finance, Chatham House)
    • Moderator: TSURUDA Masanori (Director, Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • October 12, 2018

    Repercussions of Business & Human Rights on Trade and Investment Decisions

    • Speaker: Markus LOENING (Chairperson of LI Human Rights Committee, Free Democratic Party, Germany)
    • Commentator & Moderator: MATSUMOTO Kayo (Director, Corporate Accounting, Disclosure and CSR Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:5.4MB]
  • October 10, 2018

    What's Next for Healthcare IT?

    • Speaker: John D HALAMKA (International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Health System and a Practicing Emergency Physician)
    • Moderator: NISHIKAWA Kazumi (Director, Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group,Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:1.2MB]
  • October 5, 2018

    Report from the Front Line of Reconstruction Support in Fukushima

    • Speaker: KADONO Nario (Director-General, Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, METI)
    • Moderator: NII Yasuhito (Deputy Director-General for Economic and Social Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • September 27, 2018

    Impact of “Digital Disruption” on the Manufacturing Industry

    • Speaker: KAWASE Makoto (MK&Associates, CEO)
    • Moderator: YOSHIDA Yasuhiko (Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


  • September 25, 2018

    Autonomous Vehicles, Infrastructure Policy, and Economic Growth

    • Speaker: Clifford WINSTON (Searle Freedom Trust Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution)
    • Moderator: MIYOSHI Yoshiyuki (Consulting Fellow, RIETI /Deputy Counsellor, Office of Integrated Resort Regime Promotion, Government of Japan Director for MICE Promotion, Japan Tourism Agency)
    • Handout [PDF:321KB]

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)