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 16, 2024

    World Economic Outlook “Steady but Slow: Resilience amid divergence”

    • Speaker: YOSHIDA Akihiko (Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Commentator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Economic and Social Research Institute of Northeast Asia (ERINA-UNP), University of Niigata Prefecture)
    • Moderator: AIDA Masashi (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


  • May 10, 2024

    The Power of the Yen and Currency Strategies of Japanese Firms

    • Speaker: SATO Kiyotaka (Professor of Economics, Dean, Faculty of International Social Sciences, Yokohama National University)
    • Commentator: AIDA Masashi (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, METI)
    • Moderator: SEKIGUCHI Yoichi (Director of Research and Senior Fellow, RIETI)


  • April 25, 2024

    Japan Re-Emerges? – The NEW Japan Management

    • Speaker: Ulrike SCHAEDE (Professor of Japanese Business, University of California San Diego)
    • Commentator: SEKINE Yusuke (Deputy Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: HIRONO Ayako (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Editor, Nikkei Business / Distinguished Guest Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University)


  • April 18, 2024

    Southeast Asia & Japan – The good, the bad & the ugly

    • Speaker: CHOI Shing Kwok (Director & Chief Executive Officer, ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute / Head, ASEAN Studies Centre / Head, Singapore APEC Study Centre)
    • Commentator: AIZAWA Nobuhiro (Professor, Graduate School of Social and Cultural Studies, Kyushu University / Managing Director & Dean of ERIA School of Government)
    • Moderator: TOMIURA Eiichi (President and Chief Research Officer (CRO), RIETI / Chief EBPM Officer / Professor, Otsuma Women's University)
    • Presentation (Mr. Choi) [PDF:2.3MB]
    • Video (Presentation) (YouTube)
    • The State of Southeast Asia 2024 Survey Report
  • April 5, 2024

    How Much of Merit is Due to Luck?

    • Speaker: KOIZUMI Hideto (Fellow (Policy Economist), RIETI)
    • Moderator: SEKIGUCHI Yoichi (Senior Fellow and Director of Research, RIETI)


  • March 28, 2024

    China's Post-Bubble Economy

    • Speaker: KWAN Chi Hung (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research)
    • Commentator: ANDO Haruhiko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Visiting Professor, The University of Electro-Communications)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)


  • March 26, 2024

    RIETI-ERIA Joint Project – "Perspectives on the ASEAN Economy" Series

    ASEAN Prospects from ERIA's Perspective: What role should ERIA and Japan play

    • Speaker: WATANABE Tetsuya (President, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA))
    • Commentator: URATA Shujiro (Chairman, RIETI / Professor Emeritus, Waseda University)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)


  • March 22, 2024

    Occupational Skills and Gender Inequality, and a New RIETI Project on Gender Inequality in Workplaces and Labor Markets

    • Speaker: YAMAGUCHI Kazuo (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago)
    • Moderator: SOMA Tomoko (Director, Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • March 13, 2024

    Current Trend of Chinese OEM Going Overseas

    • Speaker: Harry NA (Founding partner, Transcapital)
    • Commentator: ISHIZAWA Yoshiharu (Deputy Director, Corporate Finance and Tax Affairs Division, SME Agency, METI)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)


  • March 8, 2024

    DX Series

    The State of the Art in Generative AI for Manga Production: Spring 2024

    • Speaker: OZAWA Takahiro (Manga artist / Executive director of The Japan Cartoonists Association)
    • Commentator: ETOH Minoru (Professor, Open and Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives, Osaka University)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) / Visiting Researcher, National Institute of Informatics (NII))