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

  • December 11, 2018

    GVC Journeys When National and Territorial Comparative Advantage Differ

    • Speaker: Richard BALDWIN (Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva)
    • Commentator & Moderator: OKUBO Toshihiro (Professor, Keio University)
    • Handout [PDF:2.2MB]
    • Comment [PDF:1.1MB]
  • November 29, 2018

    Productivity: Misconceptions and Realities

    • Speaker: MORIKAWA Masayuki (Vice President, RIETI)
    • Moderator: OIKAWA Keita (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy-Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • November 28, 2018

    Economics of Artificial Intelligence

    • Speaker: MANAGI Shunsuke (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Distinguished Professor of Technology and Policy, Director, Urban Institute, School of Engineering, Kyushu University)
    • Moderator: FUKUNAGA Kai (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • November 22, 2018

    World and Regional Economic Outlook – Challenges to Steady Growth

    • 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)


    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • November 21, 2018

    Forecasting the Future Mobility Industry in the Future Society and Value Creation Ecosystem -- Discussion on current trends and challenges --

    • Speaker: OTA Shino (Senior Researcher, Economic Research Institute, Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry)
    • Moderator: YAMADA Masato (Consulting Fellow, RIETI/Director General, Planning and Administration Department, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE))


  • November 19, 2018

    Re-defining Creative Industries in Japan, Re-imagining the Role of the State--Within the context of global and transnational linkages in ASEAN and East Asia

    • Speaker: David LEHENY (Professor, Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies)
    • Speaker: NAKAJIMA Seio (Associate Professor, Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies / Director, Research Institute of Automobile and Parts Industries [RIAPI], Waseda University)
    • Commentator: MIMAKI Junichiro (Director, Cool Japan Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, METI)
    • Moderator: AMBASHI Masahito (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA))

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • November 8, 2018

    The Mid-Term Election in the U.S. and the Directions of the Trump Administration

    • Speaker: KUBO Fumiaki (Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo)
    • Moderator: TANIZAWA Atsushi (Deputy Director, Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI / Consulting Fellow, RIETI)


  • November 7, 2018

    Purpose Led, Performance Driven -- Our Corporate Strategy to Do Well by Doing Good

    • Speaker: Dimitri de VREEZE (Member of the Board, Royal DSM・Board Member CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council))
    • Moderator: NOBUTANI Kazushige (Deputy Director-General for Technology and Environment, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:4.1MB]
  • October 26, 2018

    Some Aspects of Productivity Difference Among Japanese Regions

    • Speaker: TOKUI Joji (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor at Faculty of Economics and Law, and Vice President of Shinshu University)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)


  • October 25, 2018

    A View from Europe: Monetary policy, structural reforms and the rise of populist politics

    • Speaker: Paola SUBACCHI (Senior Research Fellow, Global Economy and Finance, Chatham House)
    • Moderator: TSURUDA Masanori (Director, Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.