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

  • May 20, 2019

    Potential of Kansai Economy and Issues for World Expo 2025 in Osaka-Kansai: A case study of corrective action for the current economic concentration in Tokyo

    • Speaker: MORI Kiyoshi (Director-General, Kansai Bureau of Economy Trade and Industry, METI)
    • Moderator: UENO Toru (Consulting Fellow, RIETI)


  • April 15, 2019

    Outlook for the Asian Economy and Roles of the Asian Development Bank

    • Speaker: NAKAO Takehiko (President, Asian Development Bank (ADB))
    • Moderator: MORIKAWA Masayuki (Vice President, RIETI)


  • April 11, 2019

    Carbon Recycling Based on the Photocatalysis Technology

    • Speaker: FUJISHIMA Akira (Distinguished Professor, Director of Photocatalysis International Research Center, Tokyo University of Science)
    • Moderator: WAKUDA Hajime (Director, Policy Planning Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI)


  • April 10, 2019

    Blockchain Foundations and Theory to Real Use Cases Explained by Silicon Valley Based Venture Capital Firm

    • Speaker: Katerina STROPONIATI (Monday Capital)
    • Speaker: Yiannis VARELAS (Monday Capital)
    • Moderator: MOGI Takashi (Deputy Director, Finance Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:1.7MB]

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • April 8, 2019

    Urgent and Important: Improving WTO performance by revisiting working practices

    • Speaker: Bernard HOEKMAN (Professor and Director, Global Economics, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute)
    • Moderator: UENO Asako (Director, Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:467KB]
  • March 28, 2019

    Challenges facing China in the rapidly shifting international environment

    • Speaker: MENG Jianjun (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Center for Industry Development and Environment Governance (CIDEG), Tsinghua University)
    • Commentator: Chi Hung KWAN (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research)
    • Moderator: KOBAYASHI Koji (Director, Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


  • 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)