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 30, 2019

    The New Platform for Japan-Taiwan Relations and Advanced Technology Exchange

    • Speaker: LI Shih-Hui (Professor of Program in Japan Studies College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University)
    • Moderator: ANDOH Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)


  • September 4, 2019

    2019 Survey of Capital Investment Plans

    • Speaker: TAKEGAHARA Keisuke (Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Research Officer, Development Bank of Japan Inc.)
    • Moderator: AOKI Mikio (Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • August 13, 2019

    Annual Report on the Japanese Economy and Public Finance 2019

    • Speaker: IBARAGI Hideyuki (Deputy Director-General, Economic and Fiscal Management, Cabinet Office)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • August 6, 2019

    Adoption of Information Technology in Healthcare Services

    • Speaker: Vivek GHOSAL (Department Head of Economics, Virginia and Lloyd W. Rittenhouse Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:807KB]
  • July 30, 2019

    Trump's Trade Wars: Where do we stand?

    • Speaker: Alan V. DEARDORFF (John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics and Professor Public Policy, University of Michigan)
    • Commentator: KAMATA Isao (Professor, Research Center of International Economy and Industry, University of Niigata Prefecture)
    • Moderator: JINJI Naoto (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University)
    • Handout [PDF:1.5MB]
  • July 25, 2019

    White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2019: The current global economy and challenges to free trade

    • Speaker: OTA Mineko (Director, APEC Office and Former Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: ZHANG Hongyong (Fellow, RIETI)


  • July 17, 2019

    Using Audit Experiments to Study Political and Market Discrimination

    • Speaker: James N. DRUCKMAN (Payson S. Wild Professor at Northwestern University)
    • Moderator: ONO Yoshikuni (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor of Political Science, School of Law at Tohoku University)
    • Handout [PDF:4.6MB]

    *This BBL seminar is co-hosted by RIETI and Tohoku University.

  • June 28, 2019

    Disappointing Japanese Economic Growth and Word Economic Structural Changes

    • Speaker: MATSUMOTO Takashi (Chairman, Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Macroeconomic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • June 20, 2019

    Outline of the 2019 White Paper on Manufacturing Industries (Monodzukuri): Strategies for strengthening our manufacturing industries' competitiveness in the changing environment

    • Speaker: MIZUNO Masato (Director, Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: HASHIMOTO Yuki (Fellow, RIETI)


  • June 19, 2019

    APEC Energy Demand and Supply Outlook 7th Edition: Key trends for APEC and Japan through 2050

    • Speaker: IRIE Kazutomo (Managing Director, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan/President, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC))
    • Speaker: WATANABE Rin (Researcher, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre)
    • Moderator: ISHII Hidehiko (Deputy Director, International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI)