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

  • March 14, 2019

    Can Big Data Change Official Statistics: Learning from advanced overseas cases

    • Speaker: KONISHI Yoko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Moderator: MUKAI Kentaro (Deputy Director, General Coordination Office, Research and Statistics Department, METI)


  • February 28, 2019

    Recent Movements in Indices of Economic Policy Uncertainty

    • Speaker: ITO Arata (Fellow, RIETI)
    • Moderator: YAMAKA Hiroshi (Deputy Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • February 20, 2019

    The latest information on Chinese Start-ups

    • Speaker: OKAWA Tatsuo (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Representative Office in Beijing Chief Representative)
    • Commentator: MURAGUCHI Kazutaka (General Partner, Nippon Technology Venture Partners (NTVP))
    • Moderator: ANDO Haruhiko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director-General for International Projects Promotion, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau)


  • February 18, 2019

    The North Korean Economy and Effects of Marketization

    • Speaker: Byung Yeon KIM (Professor in Department of Economics, Seoul National University / Visiting Professor, Kyoto University)
    • Moderator: Hyeog Ug KWON (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, College of Economics, Nihon University)

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • February 8, 2019

    Oilprice Forecast in 2019

    • Speaker: FUJI Kazuhiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Senior Research Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS))
    • Moderator: YAMADA Keigo (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Personnel Division, Minister's Secretariat, METI)


  • January 25, 2019

    The Future of the Chinese Economy and the New Era of Japan-China

    • Speaker: YANG Weimin (Member of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Former Deputy Director of the Central Financial and Economic Leading Group Office)
    • Speaker: QIU Xiaohua (Director of Macao City University Economic Research Institute, Former Director of National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China)
    • Speaker: ZHANG Zhongliang (Professor, Nankai University, Director of the National Bureau's Social Science, Technology and Cultural Industry Department of China)
    • Commentator: ZHOU Muzhi (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Tokyo Keizai University)
    • Moderator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese/Chinese (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • January 24, 2019

    The World Trading System at the Crossroads

    • Speaker: Uri DADUSH (Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South and Non-Resident Scholar, Bruegel)
    • Moderator: HATTORI Takashi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Associate Professor, The Research Center for Advanced Policy Studies (CAPS) Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)
    • Handout [PDF:135KB]
    • Paper [PDF:100KB]
  • January 23, 2019

    The Japan-China Relationship: The triumph of economics over politics

    • Speaker: Shiro ARMSTRONG (Visiting Scholar, RIETI / Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University / Director, Australia-Japan Research Center / Director, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research)
    • Moderator: YODA Keiji (Deputy Director, Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
  • January 16, 2019

    Productivity Improvement in the Japanese Economy

    • Speaker: MIYAGAWA Tsutomu (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Gakushuin University)
    • Moderator: MAEDA Shozo (Deputy Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • January 11, 2019

    Digital Innovation and Financial System

    • Speaker: KINOSHITA Nobuyuki (President & CEO, Tokyo Financial Exchange Inc.)
    • Moderator: OTA Mineko (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)