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

  • July 20, 2018

    Vision for the New Society and IP--To realize 'value designing society'--

    • Speaker: SUMITA Takayuki (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Secretary-General, Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Office)
    • Speaker: ATAKA Kazuto (Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Yahoo Japan Corporation)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)


Past BBL Seminars Reports and Summaries

  • July 19, 2018

    Searching for Structural Causes of Japan's Secular Stagnation from Its History

    • Speaker: FUKAO Kyoji (Program Director and Faculty Fellow, RIETI / President, IDE-JETRO / Professor, IER, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Moderator: SEKIZAWA Yoichi (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


  • July 18, 2018

    China's Development and its Challenges Seen in the China Integrated City Index: Rankings based on economic, social, and environmental factors

    • Speaker: ZHOU Muzhi (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Tokyo Keizai University)
    • Moderator: ZHANG Hongyong (Fellow, RIETI)


  • July 17, 2018

    The Collapse of the US-China Grand Bargain

    • Speaker: Scott KENNEDY (Deputy Director, Freeman Chair in China Studies, and Director, Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS))
    • Commentator: SHINODA Kunihiko (Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: FUKUNAGA Tetsuro (Director-General for International Cyber Economy Policy and Director for Trade Policy Planning Office, METI)

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

    This seminar has been canceled.

  • July 12, 2018

    White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2018 ― Significant shift in the global economy

    • Speaker: YADA Haruyuki (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office,Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: ZHANG Hongyong (Fellow, RIETI)


  • June 22, 2018

    Japan: Promoting Inclusive Growth for an Ageing Society

    • Speaker: Randall S. JONES (Head of the Japan / Korea Desk, Economics Department, OECD)
    • Moderator: TASHIRO Takeshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Macroeconomic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:2.1 MB]
    • OECD iLibrary
  • June 14, 2018

    Challenges Facing Japanese Companies in Overseas M&A and Key Points for Overcoming Them: Based on the discussion at METI's Japanese Companies' M&A Overseas Study Group

    • Speaker: KATO Masaya (Advisor, Deal Advisory, KPMG FAS Co., Ltd.)
    • Speaker and Moderator: KOIZUMI Hidechika (Director, Investment Facilitation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI)


  • June 13, 2018

    Outline of the 2018 White Paper on Manufacturing Industries (Monodzukuri): Directions that manufacturing should aim for amid digitization and labor shortage

    • Speaker: TOKUMASU Shinji (Director, Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)


  • June 7, 2018

    Current Situations of Regional Financial Institutions and Ideal Ways of Regional Financing: Based on the RIETI survey of 3,000 branch managers

    • Speaker: YAMORI Nobuyoshi (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration, Kobe University)
    • Moderator: KOBAYASHI Koji (Director, Finance Division, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency)


  • June 6, 2018

    2018 White Paper on Small, Medium, and Micro-sized Enterprises in Japan: The key factors to overcoming a tight labor shortage

    • Speaker: ISHIGAYASUMI Takeshi (Director, Research Office, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
    • Commentator: UESUGI Iichiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Moderator: NISHIGAKI Atsuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Startup and New Business Promotion Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)


  • May 31, 2018

    Mid-term Trend in the Japanese Labor Market: Regular workers and non-regular workers

    • Speaker: KAMBAYASHI Ryo (Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
    • Moderator: ITO Sadanori (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director for Human Resources Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)