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

  • 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)


  • December 13, 2017

    Toward the Sustainable Growth of the Food Service Industry

    • Speaker: KIKUCHI Tadao (Chairman & CEO, ROYAL HOLDINGS Co., Ltd.)
    • Moderator: KONISHI Yoko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


  • December 6, 2017

    Individualizing an Industry: Development of an ultra-small device factory "Minimal Fab"

    • Speaker: HARA Shiro (Principal Research Scientist, Nanoelectronics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))
    • Moderator: HASEGAWA Hiroshi (Deputy Director, Industrial Machinery Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)


  • December 5, 2017

    World Economic Outlook, October 2017: Seeking Sustainable Growth: Short-Term Recovery, Long-Term Challenge

    • Speaker: SUMI Chikahisa (Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, The International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Moderator: YADA Haruyuki (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • November 22, 2017

    When Can the Primary Balance Surplus be Achieved? : Dissecting the economic and fiscal projections for medium to long term analysis

    • Speaker: DOI Takero (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University)
    • Moderator: ITO Arata (Fellow, RIETI)


  • November 16, 2017

    Realizing a Society where High-precision Satellite Positioning Data is Used via the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) and the Prospects for New Ventures in Space

    • Speaker: SAMBOMMATSU Susumu (Chief Researcher, Strategy Planning Department, Center for Strategic Management & Innovation, Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.)
    • Commentator & Moderator: TSURUDA Masanori (Director, Space Industry Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)


  • October 4, 2017

    Economic Developments and Monetary Policy: Will we ever get out of low interest rates?

    • Speaker: MOMMA Kazuo (Executive Economist, Mizuho Research Institute Ltd.)
    • Moderator: TASHIRO Takeshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • October 3, 2017

    Germany after the General Elections—Political and Economic Directions

    • Speaker: Wolfgang TIEFENSEE (Thuringian Minister of Economy, Science and the Digital Society)
    • Speaker: Hans Carl VON WERTHERN (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan)
    • Moderator: MINAMI Ryo (Director, Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese/German (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • September 15, 2017

    Asian Economic Outlook and Roles of ADB

    • Speaker: NAKAO Takehiko (President and Chairperson, Board of Directors, Asian Development Bank (ADB))
    • Moderator: MORIKAWA Masayuki (Vice President, RIETI)


    NOT for quotation