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 20, 2022

    Foreign Entrepreneurs Preserving Japanese Culture: Fascinated by its charm

    • Speaker: Bjorn HEIBERG (CEO, Nakagawa Japan Co., Ltd)
    • Speaker: FUKANUMA Hikaru (Chief Research Fellow, Japan Finance Corporation Research Institute)
    • Commentator: ISHII Yoshiaki (Director, Startup and New Business Promotion Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • January 12, 2022

    Biden's First Year: the International and Domestic Implications for 2022

  • December 9, 2021

    Secular Stagnation of Labor Productivity and Real Wages: Analysis using the 2021 JIP database and company data

    • Speaker: FUKAO Kyoji (Faculty Fellow & Program Director, RIETI / Specially Appointed Professor, IER & Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University / President, The Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO)
    • Commentator: ISHIKAWA Hiroshi (Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: SEKIGUCHI Yoichi (Senior Fellow and Research Coordinator, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • December 8, 2021

    DX Series

    Japan Railway's Business Strategy and Digital Transformation (DX)

    • Speaker: URAKABE Toshimitsu (Exective Officer, Director General, Technology Innovation Headquarters, East Japan Railway Company)
    • 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)

    Japanese

  • December 3, 2021

    Global Intelligence Series

    With the 50th Anniversary of the Normalization of Diplomatic Relations, What Current and Future Contributions Can China and Japan make to the Global Community

    • Speaker: YANG Bojiang (Director, Institute of Japanese Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
    • Commentator: IWANAGA Masashi (Deputy Director-General for Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • December 1, 2021

    World Economic Outlook and the Asia Pacific Region: Recovery during a Pandemic - Health Concerns, Supply Disruptions, and Price Pressures

    • Speaker: SUMI Chikahisa (Director, 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)

    Japanese

  • November 19, 2021

    Design and Intellectual Property: After the Design-Driven-Management declaration

    • Speaker & Moderator: NISHIGAKI Atsuko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Speaker: WASHIDA Yuichi (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Business Administration, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Commentator: MAEDA Ikuo (Managing Executive Officer in charge of Design and Brand Style, Mazda Motor Corporation) / HASEGAWA Yutaka (President, Sony Design Consulting Inc.) / MATANO Toshimichi (Director, Design Policy Office and Director, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, METI) / IMAMURA Wataru (Team Leader, Design-Driven Management Project Team, Japan Patent Office, METI)

    Japanese

  • November 18, 2021

    Analysis of Competitiveness and Patent Value Using Patent Information and Its Application: Responding to the publication of the Japan Patent Office Annual Report 2021 and others

    • Speaker: NISHINA Masahiro (Director, Policy Planning and Research Division, Japan Patent Office, METI)
    • Moderator: TAMURA Suguru (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Institute for Future Initiatives(IFI) Visiting Researcher)

    Japanese

  • November 4, 2021

    DX Series

    Hitachi's Approach to DX

    • Speaker: NUKUI Seiichiro (Vice President and Executive Officer, CIO, and General Manager of IT Strategy & Digital Integration Division, Hitachi, Ltd.)
    • Commentator: OKITO Keisuke (Deputy Director, Software and Information Service Industry Strategy Office / Digital Transformation Promotion Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • 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)

    Japanese

  • October 29, 2021

    DX Series

    The SMBC Group Digital Strategy for Continuous Transformation and Evolution

    • Speaker: TANIZAKI Katsunori (Group CDIO, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group)
    • 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)

    Japanese