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

  • June 7, 2019

    OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook: Strengthening SME productivity in the digital economy

  • May 31, 2019

    Administrative Reforms and Management Accounting in Public Sectors : Practices by regional bureau A

    • Speaker: OHNISHI Junya (Visiting Scholar in Policy Research Institute, MOF)
    • Speaker: TAKEMOTO Ryusuke (Management Consultant)
    • Moderator: NABESHIMA Manabu (Consulting Fellow, RIETI)


    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • May 30, 2019

    World and Regional Economic Outlook – Growth Slowdown, Precarious Recovery

    • Speaker: SUMI Chikahisa (Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Moderator: OHTA Mineko (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


  • May 28, 2019

    The Future of Funding Programs for Startups: A comparative study of Western and Japanese programs

    • Speaker: KITA Yosuke (Senior Analyst, Economic Policy Dept. , Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co.,Ltd.)
    • Moderator: TAKATANI Shinya (Assistant Director, Technology and Innovation Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)


  • May 23, 2019

    2019 White Paper on Small, Medium, and Micro-sized Enterprises in Japan: Towards the success of SMEs and micro businesses in the Reiwa era

    • Speaker: UNO Yuya (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Former Deputy Director, Research Office, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
    • Moderator: SEKIGUCHI Yoichi (RIETI Senior Fellow and Research Coordinator (Research))


  • 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]