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:12:15-13:30, unless otherwise stated

  • No events are scheduled at the present time.

Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • April 11, 2018

    For Overcoming the Global "Governance Gap" --The approaches of World Economic Forum the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    • Speaker: Murat SONMEZ (Managing Director, Head, Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum (WEF))
    • Moderator: SASAKI Keisuke (Director, Fourth Industrial Revolution Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
  • March 29, 2018

    What Causes the Strong Fluctuations in the Japanese Economy Before and After the Consumption Tax Rate Hike?

    • Speaker: MORINOBU Shigeki (Research Director, The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research / Professor, Chuo Law School)
    • Moderator: RYUZAKI Takatsugu (Director, Corporate Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • March 27, 2018

    Spatial Economics in the Age of Declining Population

    • Speaker: HAMAGUCHI Nobuaki (Faculty Fellow and Program Director, RIETI / Professor, Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration (RIEB), Kobe University)
    • Moderator: KONDO Keisuke (Fellow, RIETI)


  • March 16, 2018

    Xi Jinping's New Economic Policy: What's next for China?

    • Speaker: MENG Jianjun (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Center for Industry Development and Environment Governance (CIDEG), Tsinghua University)
    • Commentator: Chi Hung KWAN (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Senior Fellow, Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research)
    • Moderator: YODA Keiji (Deputy Director, Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • March 8, 2018

    Disaster Recovery Captured by People's Migration Patterns

    • Speaker: OKUMURA Makoto (Professor, Tohoku University (International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Center for Northeast Asian Studies))
    • Moderator: KONDO Keisuke (Fellow, RIETI)


    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • March 7, 2018

    Going Digital -- Insights and policy implications from OECD work on digital transformation

    • Speaker: Dirk PILAT (Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:2.8MB]
  • February 27, 2018

    America Responds to Change: Implications for globalization and the future of work

    • Speaker: Bruce STOKES (Director, Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center)
    • Moderator: IWAMOTO Koichi (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:1.1MB]

    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • February 7, 2018

    France's Renewed Commitment to EU Reform

    • Speaker: Laurent PIC (Ambassador of France to Japan)
    • Moderator: MINAMI Ryo (Director, Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese/French (with simultaneous interpretation)

    This BBL seminar is closed to the members of the press.

  • January 12, 2018

    The Three Dilemmas Which Undermine Japan-China Relations

    • Speaker: ANAMI Yusuke (Professor, Graduate School of Law, Tohoku University)
    • Moderator: HOSHINO Mitsuaki (Director, Director, Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


  • January 10, 2018

    Process Innovation with Room Temperature Ceramic Coating

    • Speaker: AKEDO Jun (Director, Advanced Coating Technology Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))
    • Moderator: WATANABE Takashi (Director, Office for AIST, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI)