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:12:15-13:30, unless otherwise stated

  • No events are scheduled at the present time.

Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • March 8, 2018

    Disaster Recovery Captured by People's Migration Patterns

    • Speaker: OKUMURA Makoto (Professor, Tohoku University (International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Center for Northeast Asian Studies))
    • Moderator: KONDO Keisuke (Fellow, RIETI)


    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • March 7, 2018

    Going Digital -- Insights and policy implications from OECD work on digital transformation

    • Speaker: Dirk PILAT (Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:2.8MB]
  • February 27, 2018

    America Responds to Change: Implications for globalization and the future of work

    • Speaker: Bruce STOKES (Director, Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center)
    • Moderator: IWAMOTO Koichi (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:1.1MB]

    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • February 7, 2018

    France's Renewed Commitment to EU Reform

    • Speaker: Laurent PIC (Ambassador of France to Japan)
    • Moderator: MINAMI Ryo (Director, Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese/French (with simultaneous interpretation)

    This BBL seminar is closed to the members of the press.

  • January 12, 2018

    The Three Dilemmas Which Undermine Japan-China Relations

    • Speaker: ANAMI Yusuke (Professor, Graduate School of Law, Tohoku University)
    • Moderator: HOSHINO Mitsuaki (Director, Director, Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


  • January 10, 2018

    Process Innovation with Room Temperature Ceramic Coating

    • Speaker: AKEDO Jun (Director, Advanced Coating Technology Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))
    • Moderator: WATANABE Takashi (Director, Office for AIST, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI)


  • December 13, 2017

    Toward the Sustainable Growth of the Food Service Industry

    • Speaker: KIKUCHI Tadao (Chairman & CEO, ROYAL HOLDINGS Co., Ltd.)
    • Moderator: KONISHI Yoko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


  • December 6, 2017

    Individualizing an Industry: Development of an ultra-small device factory "Minimal Fab"

    • Speaker: HARA Shiro (Principal Research Scientist, Nanoelectronics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))
    • Moderator: HASEGAWA Hiroshi (Deputy Director, Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)


  • December 5, 2017

    World Economic Outlook, October 2017: Seeking Sustainable Growth: Short-Term Recovery, Long-Term Challenge

    • Speaker: SUMI Chikahisa (Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, The International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Moderator: YADA Haruyuki (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • November 22, 2017

    When Can the Primary Balance Surplus be Achieved? : Dissecting the economic and fiscal projections for medium to long term analysis

    • Speaker: DOI Takero (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University)
    • Moderator: ITO Arata (Fellow, RIETI)