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

  • September 14, 2018

    No Turning Back: President Trump's Trade Policies Will Change World Trade

    • Speaker: Peter PETRI (Carl Shapiro Professor of International Finance, the Brandeis International Business School)
    • Moderator: URATA Shujiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University)
    • Resume [PDF:246KB]
    • Comment [PDF:83KB]
  • September 13, 2018

    What is "Corporate Culture?" -- Relationship with innovation and corporate misconduct

    • Speaker: UEMURA Shuichi (Former Professor, Department of Global Studies, Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture)
    • Moderator: SAKAMOTO Riwa (Director, Corporate System Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • September 5, 2018

    Annual Report on the Japanese Economy and Public Finance 2018

    • Speaker: IBARAGI Hideyuki (Director for Macroeconomic Analysis, Cabinet Office)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Macroeconomic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • August 1, 2018

    The Rise and (Potential) Fall of U.S. Cartel Enforcement

    • Speaker: Vivek GHOSAL (Department Head of Economics, Virginia and Lloyd W. Rittenhouse Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)
  • July 30, 2018

    Economics of Entrepreneurship: Do initial conditions matter?

    • Speaker: HONJO Yuji (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Chuo University)
    • Moderator: ISHII Yoshiaki (RIETI Consulting Fellow / Director for Policy Planning,Cabinet Office/ Former Director, New Business Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)


  • July 25, 2018

    Economic Situations in Japan and Overseas: What is necessary for Japan’s sustainable growth?

    • Speaker: TAKEDA Yoko (General Manager, Research Center for Policy and Economy, Mitsubishi Research Institute)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Macroeconomic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • July 20, 2018

    Vision for the New Society and IP--To realize 'value designing society'--

    • Speaker: SUMITA Takayuki (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Secretary-General, Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Office)
    • Speaker: ATAKA Kazuto (Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Yahoo Japan Corporation)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)


  • July 19, 2018

    Searching for Structural Causes of Japan's Secular Stagnation from Its History

    • Speaker: FUKAO Kyoji (Program Director and Faculty Fellow, RIETI / President, IDE-JETRO / Professor, IER, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Moderator: SEKIZAWA Yoichi (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


  • July 18, 2018

    China's Development and its Challenges Seen in the China Integrated City Index: Rankings based on economic, social, and environmental factors

    • Speaker: ZHOU Muzhi (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Tokyo Keizai University)
    • Moderator: ZHANG Hongyong (Fellow, RIETI)


  • July 17, 2018

    The Collapse of the US-China Grand Bargain

    • Speaker: Scott KENNEDY (Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS))
    • Commentator: SHINODA Kunihiko (Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: FUKUNAGA Tetsuro (Director-General for International Cyber Economy Policy and Director for Trade Policy Planning Office, METI)

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

    This seminar has been canceled.