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.

Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • July 11, 2024

    White Paper on Manufacturing Industries 2024

    • Speaker: KAWAMURA Miho (Director, Manufacturing Industries Strategy Planning Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)
    • Commentator: HASHIMOTO Yuki (Senior Fellow (Policy Economist), RIETI)
    • Moderator: SEKIGUCHI Yoichi (Director of Research and Senior Fellow, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • July 9, 2024

    Economic Security - A German perspective

    • Speaker: Clemens von GOETZE (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan)
    • Commentator: URATA Shujiro (Chairman Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Fellow (specially appointed), RIETI / Professor Emeritus, Waseda University / Senior Research Advisor, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA))
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)
    • Presentation (H.E. Dr. Goetze) [PDF:285KB]
    • Video (Presentation) (YouTube)
    • Video (Comment, Q&A) (YouTube)
  • July 4, 2024

    New Directions in American Economic Statecraft

    • Speaker: Mireya SOLIS (Director, Center for Asia Policy Studies,Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies, The Brookings Institution)
    • Moderator: URATA Shujiro (Chairman Emeritus and Distinguished Senior Fellow (specially appointed), RIETI / Professor Emeritus, Waseda University / Senior Research Advisor, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA))
    • Video (Presentation) (YouTube)
    • Video (Q&A) (YouTube)
  • June 28, 2024

    2024 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan / 2024 White Paper on Small Enterprises in Japan

    • Speaker: KIKUTA Ippei (Director, Research Office, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency)
    • Commentator: GOTO Yasuo (Research Associate, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Social Innovation, Seijo University)
    • Moderator: SEKIGUCHI Yoichi (Director of Research, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • June 26, 2024

    Japan's Energy Policy from the Energy White Paper: The growing global risks surrounding energy, and what Japan should be aiming for

    • Speaker: HIROTA Daisuke (Director / Investment Strategist, Energy Supply and Demand Policy Office / Research and Public Relations Office, Commissioner's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • June 24, 2024

    What is a Start-up? -Some clues for economic revitalization

    • Speaker: KATO Masatoshi (Professor, School of Economics and Director, Research Center for Entrepreneurship (RECENT), Kwansei Gakuin University)
    • Commentator: NOZAWA Yasushi (Director, Innovation and Industry-University Collaboration Division, Industrial Science, Technology and Environment Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: FUKAO Kyoji (Chairman, RIETI / University Professor, IER, Hitotsubashi University)

    Japanese

  • June 20, 2024

    Economic Security and Geopolitics: Insights into Japan-Korea cooperation based on "Economic Security Indicators"

    • Speaker: Byung Yeon KIM (Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics, Seoul National University)
    • Commentator: Hyeog Ug KWON (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, College of Economics, Nihon University)
    • Moderator: FUKAO Kyoji (Chairman, RIETI / University Professor, IER, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Video (Presentation) (YouTube)
    • Video (Comment, Q&A) (YouTube)
  • June 6, 2024

    The Cost of Conflict: Economic implications of a Taiwan military crisis

    • Speaker: Joris TEER (Associate Analyst for Economic Security and Technology, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS))
    • Moderator: NISHIKAWA Kazumi (Principal Director, Office of Economic Security, Minister's Secretariat, METI)
  • May 27, 2024

    Successful Case Studies Relating to the Use of Collaborations and Joint Ventures Between Japanese and Foreign Companies in Japan

    • Speaker: MIYAJIMA Hideaki (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Waseda University / Executive Vice President, Waseda University / Adviser, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study)
    • Speaker: ASAI Yosuke (Director, Investment Facilitation Division, METI)
    • Speaker: KURAHASHI Kenta (PLAID, Inc. Representative Director and CEO)
    • Moderator: AMANO Fujiko (Director for Investment Collaboration, Investment Facilitation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • May 16, 2024

    World Economic Outlook “Steady but Slow: Resilience amid divergence”

    • Speaker: YOSHIDA Akihiko (Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Commentator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Economic and Social Research Institute of Northeast Asia (ERINA-UNP), University of Niigata Prefecture)
    • Moderator: AIDA Masashi (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese