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

  • February 8, 2019

    Oilprice Forecast in 2019

    • Speaker: FUJI Kazuhiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Senior Research Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS))
    • Moderator: YAMADA Keigo (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Personnel Division, Minister's Secretariat, METI)


  • January 25, 2019

    The Future of the Chinese Economy and the New Era of Japan-China

    • Speaker: YANG Weimin (Member of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Former Deputy Director of the Central Financial and Economic Leading Group Office)
    • Speaker: QIU Xiaohua (Director of Macao City University Economic Research Institute, Former Director of National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China)
    • Speaker: ZHANG Zhongliang (Professor, Nankai University, Director of the National Bureau's Social Science, Technology and Cultural Industry Department of China)
    • Commentator: ZHOU Muzhi (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Tokyo Keizai University)
    • Moderator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese/Chinese (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • January 24, 2019

    The World Trading System at the Crossroads

    • Speaker: Uri DADUSH (Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South and Non-Resident Scholar, Bruegel)
    • Moderator: HATTORI Takashi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Associate Professor, The Research Center for Advanced Policy Studies (CAPS) Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)
    • Handout [PDF:135KB]
    • Paper [PDF:100KB]
  • January 23, 2019

    The Japan-China Relationship: The triumph of economics over politics

    • Speaker: Shiro ARMSTRONG (Visiting Scholar, RIETI / Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University / Director, Australia-Japan Research Center / Director, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research)
    • Moderator: YODA Keiji (Deputy Director, Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
  • January 16, 2019

    Productivity Improvement in the Japanese Economy

    • Speaker: MIYAGAWA Tsutomu (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Gakushuin University)
    • Moderator: MAEDA Shozo (Deputy Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • January 11, 2019

    Digital Innovation and Financial System

    • Speaker: KINOSHITA Nobuyuki (President & CEO, Tokyo Financial Exchange Inc.)
    • Moderator: OTA Mineko (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


  • January 10, 2019

    Female Candidates in the 2018 U.S. Midterm Election

    • Speaker: Barry BURDEN (Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    • Moderator: ONO Yoshikuni (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Tohoku University)
    • Handout [PDF:1.5MB]
  • January 9, 2019

    Japan's Market Design

    • Speaker: Steven VOGEL (Professor, University of California, Berkeley)
    • Moderator: ITO Sadanori (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)


  • December 19, 2018

    Secular Stagnation: Is Asia also at risk?

    • Speaker: Jeremie COHEN-SETTON (Research Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics)
    • Speaker: Thomas HELBLING (Division Chief in the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department)
    • Moderator: YAMAKA Hiroshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Handout (Dr. Cohen-Setton) [PDF:5.2MB]
    • Handout (Dr. Helbling) [PDF:1.1MB]
  • 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]