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

  • January 27, 2023

    “Chip War” and Its Implications for Japanese Industrial and Security Policies

    • Speaker: Chris MILLER (Associate Professor, International History, Fletcher School, Tufts University)
    • Commentator: WAKABAYASHI Hideki ((Professor, Graduate School of Management, Department of Management of Technology, Tokyo University of Science)
    • Commentator: OTA Yasu (Columnist, NIKKEI)
    • Moderator: NISHIKAWA Kazumi (Director, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
  • January 20, 2023

    Public Policy in the 22nd Century

    • Speaker: NARITA Yusuke (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Assistant Professor, Department of Economics & Cowles Foundation & Y-RISE, Yale University)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)


  • January 13, 2023

    The Economics of SME Finance: The roles of financial institutions and the government

    • Speaker: UESUGI Iichiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Commentator: KOZAKI Tadahiko (Director, Finance Division, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
    • Moderator: MIZUNO Masato (MIZUNO Masato (Director of Research, RIETI))


  • December 16, 2022

    DX Series

    The Present State and Future of the Metaverse As Seen Through the Development of “Cluster”

    • Speaker: KATO Naoto (CEO, Cluster)
    • Commentator: WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo / Project Assistant Professor, Research Strategy Office, National Institute of Informatics (NII) / Specially Appointed Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) / Visiting Researcher, The Research Institute for Innovation Management, Hosei University)


  • December 13, 2022

    Penetration of Quantitative Performance Indicators of the Impact of “design” on organization management

    • Speaker: WASHIDA Yuichi (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Commentator: NISHIGAKI Atsuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI)
    • Moderator: SEKIGUCHI Yoichi (Senior Fellow and Research Coordinator, RIETI)


  • December 7, 2022

    World Economic Outlook and the Asia Pacific Region: Countering the cost-of-living crisis

    • Speaker: SUMI Chikahisa (Former Director and Special Advisor, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Commentator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, University of Niigata Prefecture)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)


  • December 1, 2022

    Backcasting Thinking, IP Strategy for Higher Corporate Value and Related Challenges

    • Speaker: UETA Takamori (Director for IP Strategy Policy Planning Coordination, Policy Planning and Research Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office)
    • Moderator: TAMURA Suguru (Senior Fellow, RIETI/ Visiting Researcher, IFI, The University of Tokyo)


  • November 29, 2022

    RIETI-OECD Seminar

    Confronting the Crisis - OECD Economic Outlook November 2022

    • Speaker: Muge Adalet McGOWAN (Deputy Head of Division/Senior Economist, Country Studies - Desk Japan/Ireland, Economics Department, OECD)
    • Speaker: OGURO Kei (Economist, Economics Department, OECD)
    • Commentator: UEDA Naoko (Head of OECD Tokyo Centre)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)
    • Presentation [PDF:532KB]
    • Video (YouTube)
  • November 28, 2022

    Economics of Invention: Knowledge creation for innovation

    • Speaker: NAGAOKA Sadao (Program Director and Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Tokyo Keizai University)
    • Commentator: OKADA Yoshimi (Director of the 1st Division, Department of Trials and Appeals, Japan Patent Office, METI)
    • Moderator: SEKIGUCHI Yoichi (Senior Fellow and Research Coordinator, RIETI)


  • November 22, 2022

    Voice Through Divestment