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

  • 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 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)


  • January 22, 2020

    Big Data and Public Statistical Surveys: Creation, communication, and utilization

    • Speaker: KONISHI Yoko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Commentator: MUKAI Kentaro (General Coordination Office, Reseach and Statistics Department, METI)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


  • 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)