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

  • October 20, 2020

    The Mood of the American Voter on the Eve of the 2020 Presidential Election

  • October 12, 2020

    Looking back at ICEF and TCFD Summit 2020 -Future Climate Change Action

    • Speaker: MIZUNO Hiromichi (Executive Advisor to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
    • Speaker: TANAKA Nobuo (Special Advisor, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) / Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA) 2007-2011 / CEO, Tanaka Global,Inc.)
    • Moderator: KAJIKAWA Fumihiro (Director, Environmental Economy Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • October 7, 2020

    A Political Scientist's Look at the 2020 US Elections

    • Speaker: Barry BURDEN (Professor, Department of Political Science, Director, Elections Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    • Commentator: ONO Yoshikuni (Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:2.2MB]
    • Video (Presentation) (YouTube)
    • Video (Q&A) (YouTube)
  • October 1, 2020

    Back to Normalcy? -- US Presidential election and the future of the foreign policy

    • Speaker: KUBO Fumiaki (A. Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo)
    • Commentator: HATADA Hiroyuki (Director, Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)

    Japanese

    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • September 30, 2020

    The Turbulence of Indo-Pacific Regional Order and Japan-ASEAN Relationship

    • Speaker: OBA Mie (Professor, Faculty of Law Department of Law, Kanagawa University)
    • Commentator: ONODERA Osamu (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director General for Trade Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: WATANABE Tetsuya (Vice President, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • September 14, 2020

    Deep Tech AI Startup Business Environment

    • Speaker: ETOH Minoru (Professor, Institute for Open and Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives, Osaka University / Program Director of CREST Artificial Intelligence at Japan Science and Technology Agency / CEO, COTOBA DESIGN, Inc.)
    • Commentator: MATSUMOTO Rie (Deputy Director, IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Division of Management, Management of Innovation and Intrapreneurship (MII), Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo / Project Assistant Professor, Research Strategy Office, National Institute of Informatics (NII) / Specially Appointed Fellow, The Japan Center for Economics Research (JCER) / Guest Associate Professor, Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering)

    Japanese

  • September 10, 2020

    Will the 21st Century be "Asia's Century"? -Perspectives on the International Order in the Coronavirus Era

    • Speaker: NAKAO Takehiko (Chairman of the Institute, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd. (MHRI))
    • Commentator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, University of Niigata Prefecture)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:2.3MB]

    Japanese

  • September 4, 2020

    Mercari Natives and a Sustainable Society

    • Speaker: YAMAMOTO Masato (Merpay, Inc. Chief Business Officer)
    • Commentator: IZUMI Noriaki (Director, IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher,Division of Management, Management of Innovation and Intrapreneurship (MII), Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo / Project Assistant Professor, Research Strategy Office, National Institute of Informatics (NII) / Specially Appointed Fellow, The Japan Center for Economics Research (JCER) / Guest Associate Professor, Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering)

    Japanese

  • August 27, 2020

    Efforts for Increasing the Number of Female Engineers in the IT Industry and the Necessity of such Efforts

    • Speaker: CHIYODA Madoka (Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft)
    • Commentator: MATSUMOTO Rie (Deputy Director, IT Innovation Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher,Division of Management, Management of Innovation and Intrapreneurship (MII), Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo / Project Assistant Professor, Research Strategy Office, National Institute of Informatics (NII) / Specially Appointed Fellow, The Japan Center for Economics Research (JCER) / Guest Associate Professor, Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering)

    Japanese

  • August 26, 2020

    The Institutional Sources of Energy Transitions: From the oil crises to climate policy

    • Speaker: Phillip LIPSCY (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto / Director, Centre for the Study of Global Japan)
    • Moderator: ONO Yoshikuni (Professor of Political Science, School of Law, Tohoku University)
    • Handout [PDF:2.5MB]
    • Video (YouTube)