BBL Seminars FY2018

Past BBL Reports and Summaries

  • February 8, 2019

    Oilprice Forecast in 2019

    • Speaker: FUJI Kazuhiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Senior Research Fellow, Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS))
    • Moderator: YAMADA Keigo (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Personnel Division, Minister's Secretariat, METI)

    Japanese

  • January 25, 2019

    The Future of the Chinese Economy and the New Era of Japan-China

    • Speaker: YANG Weimin (Member of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Former Deputy Director of the Central Financial and Economic Leading Group Office)
    • Speaker: QIU Xiaohua (Director of Macao City University Economic Research Institute, Former Director of National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China)
    • Speaker: ZHANG Zhongliang (Professor, Nankai University, Director of the National Bureau's Social Science, Technology and Cultural Industry Department of China)
    • Commentator: ZHOU Muzhi (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Tokyo Keizai University)
    • Moderator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese/Chinese (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • January 24, 2019

    The World Trading System at the Crossroads

    • Speaker: Uri DADUSH (Senior Fellow, Policy Center for the New South and Non-Resident Scholar, Bruegel)
    • Moderator: HATTORI Takashi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Associate Professor, The Research Center for Advanced Policy Studies (CAPS) Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)
    • Handout [PDF:135KB]
    • Paper [PDF:100KB]
  • January 23, 2019

    The Japan-China Relationship: The triumph of economics over politics

    • Speaker: Shiro ARMSTRONG (Visiting Scholar, RIETI / Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University / Director, Australia-Japan Research Center / Director, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research)
    • Moderator: YODA Keiji (Deputy Director, Northeast Asia Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
  • January 16, 2019

    Productivity Improvement in the Japanese Economy

    • Speaker: MIYAGAWA Tsutomu (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Economics, Gakushuin University)
    • Moderator: MAEDA Shozo (Deputy Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • January 11, 2019

    Digital Innovation and Financial System

    • Speaker: KINOSHITA Nobuyuki (President & CEO, Tokyo Financial Exchange Inc.)
    • Moderator: OTA Mineko (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • January 10, 2019

    Female Candidates in the 2018 U.S. Midterm Election

    • Speaker: Barry BURDEN (Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    • Moderator: ONO Yoshikuni (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Tohoku University)
    • Handout [PDF:1.5MB]
  • January 9, 2019

    Japan's Market Design

    • Speaker: Steven VOGEL (Professor, University of California, Berkeley)
    • Moderator: ITO Sadanori (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • December 19, 2018

    Secular Stagnation: Is Asia also at risk?

    • Speaker: Jeremie COHEN-SETTON (Research Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics)
    • Speaker: Thomas HELBLING (Division Chief in the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department)
    • Moderator: YAMAKA Hiroshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Handout (Dr. Cohen-Setton) [PDF:5.2MB]
    • Handout (Dr. Helbling) [PDF:1.1MB]
  • December 11, 2018

    GVC Journeys When National and Territorial Comparative Advantage Differ

    • Speaker: Richard BALDWIN (Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva)
    • Commentator & Moderator: OKUBO Toshihiro (Professor, Keio University)
    • Handout [PDF:2.2MB]
    • Comment [PDF:1.1MB]
  • November 29, 2018

    Productivity: Misconceptions and Realities

    • Speaker: MORIKAWA Masayuki (Vice President, RIETI)
    • Moderator: OIKAWA Keita (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy-Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • November 28, 2018

    Economics of Artificial Intelligence

    • Speaker: MANAGI Shunsuke (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Distinguished Professor of Technology and Policy, Director, Urban Institute, School of Engineering, Kyushu University)
    • Moderator: FUKUNAGA Kai (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • November 22, 2018

    World and Regional Economic Outlook – Challenges to Steady Growth

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

    Japanese

    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • November 21, 2018

    Forecasting the Future Mobility Industry in the Future Society and Value Creation Ecosystem -- Discussion on current trends and challenges --

    • Speaker: OTA Shino (Senior Researcher, Economic Research Institute, Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry)
    • Moderator: YAMADA Masato (Consulting Fellow, RIETI/Director General, Planning and Administration Department, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE))

    Japanese

  • November 19, 2018

    Re-defining Creative Industries in Japan, Re-imagining the Role of the State--Within the context of global and transnational linkages in ASEAN and East Asia

    • Speaker: David LEHENY (Professor, Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies)
    • Speaker: NAKAJIMA Seio (Associate Professor, Waseda University Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies / Director, Research Institute of Automobile and Parts Industries [RIAPI], Waseda University)
    • Commentator: MIMAKI Junichiro (Director, Cool Japan Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, METI)
    • Moderator: AMBASHI Masahito (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA))

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • November 8, 2018

    The Mid-Term Election in the U.S. and the Directions of the Trump Administration

    • Speaker: KUBO Fumiaki (Professor, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, the University of Tokyo)
    • Moderator: TANIZAWA Atsushi (Deputy Director, Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI / Consulting Fellow, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • November 7, 2018

    Purpose Led, Performance Driven -- Our Corporate Strategy to Do Well by Doing Good

    • Speaker: Dimitri de VREEZE (Member of the Board, Royal DSM・Board Member CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council))
    • Moderator: NOBUTANI Kazushige (Deputy Director-General for Technology and Environment, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:4.1MB]
  • October 26, 2018

    Some Aspects of Productivity Difference Among Japanese Regions

    • Speaker: TOKUI Joji (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor at Faculty of Economics and Law, and Vice President of Shinshu University)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • October 25, 2018

    A View from Europe: Monetary policy, structural reforms and the rise of populist politics

    • Speaker: Paola SUBACCHI (Senior Research Fellow, Global Economy and Finance, Chatham House)
    • Moderator: TSURUDA Masanori (Director, Europe Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • October 12, 2018

    Repercussions of Business & Human Rights on Trade and Investment Decisions

    • Speaker: Markus LOENING (Chairperson of LI Human Rights Committee, Free Democratic Party, Germany)
    • Commentator & Moderator: MATSUMOTO Kayo (Director, Corporate Accounting, Disclosure and CSR Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:5.4MB]
  • October 10, 2018

    What's Next for Healthcare IT?

    • Speaker: John D HALAMKA (International Healthcare Innovation Professor at Harvard Medical School, Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Health System and a Practicing Emergency Physician)
    • Moderator: NISHIKAWA Kazumi (Director, Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group,Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:1.2MB]
  • October 5, 2018

    Report from the Front Line of Reconstruction Support in Fukushima

    • Speaker: KADONO Nario (Director-General, Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, METI)
    • Moderator: NII Yasuhito (Deputy Director-General for Economic and Social Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • September 27, 2018

    Impact of “Digital Disruption” on the Manufacturing Industry

    • Speaker: KAWASE Makoto (MK&Associates, CEO)
    • Moderator: YOSHIDA Yasuhiko (Deputy Director-General for Trade Policy, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • September 25, 2018

    Autonomous Vehicles, Infrastructure Policy, and Economic Growth

    • Speaker: Clifford WINSTON (Searle Freedom Trust Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution)
    • Moderator: MIYOSHI Yoshiyuki (Consulting Fellow, RIETI /Deputy Counsellor, Office of Integrated Resort Regime Promotion, Government of Japan Director for MICE Promotion, Japan Tourism Agency)
    • Handout [PDF:321KB]

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • September 19, 2018

    Corporate Governance for Risk Management: How to avoid the pitfalls of governance and manage public relations in the emergent situation

    • Speaker: TAKEI Kazuhiro (Nishimura & Asahi Partner Attorney-at-Law)
    • Speaker: NISHIYAMA Suguru (OZMA Inc. / Corporate Communications Director)
    • Moderator: SAKAMOTO Riwa (Director, Corporate System Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • September 14, 2018

    No Turning Back: President Trump's Trade Policies Will Change World Trade

    • Speaker: Peter PETRI (Carl Shapiro Professor of International Finance, the Brandeis International Business School)
    • Moderator: URATA Shujiro (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University)
    • Resume [PDF:246KB]
    • Comment [PDF:83KB]
  • September 13, 2018

    What is "Corporate Culture?" -- Relationship with innovation and corporate misconduct

    • Speaker: UEMURA Shuichi (Former Professor, Department of Global Studies, Oita Prefectural College of Arts and Culture)
    • Moderator: SAKAMOTO Riwa (Director, Corporate System Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • September 5, 2018

    Annual Report on the Japanese Economy and Public Finance 2018

    • Speaker: IBARAGI Hideyuki (Director for Macroeconomic Analysis, Cabinet Office)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Macroeconomic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • August 1, 2018

    The Rise and (Potential) Fall of U.S. Cartel Enforcement

    • Speaker: Vivek GHOSAL (Department Head of Economics, Virginia and Lloyd W. Rittenhouse Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)
  • July 30, 2018

    Economics of Entrepreneurship: Do initial conditions matter?

    • Speaker: HONJO Yuji (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Chuo University)
    • Moderator: ISHII Yoshiaki (RIETI Consulting Fellow / Director for Policy Planning,Cabinet Office/ Former Director, New Business Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

    Japanese

  • July 25, 2018

    Economic Situations in Japan and Overseas: What is necessary for Japan’s sustainable growth?

    • Speaker: TAKEDA Yoko (General Manager, Research Center for Policy and Economy, Mitsubishi Research Institute)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Macroeconomic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • June 27, 2018

    Demographic Aging and Fiscal Sustainability in Japan: Quantitative exploration of social security reform and macroeconomy

    • Speaker: KITAO Sagiri (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Macroeconomic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • May 28, 2018

    The World Economy Against the Backdrop of Increased Trade Tensions

    • Speaker: Richard BALDWIN (Professor, Graduate Institute, Geneva / President, CEPR)
    • Commentator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)
    • Moderator: KOMETANI Kazumochi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / General Counsel for International Legal Affairs, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:1.8MB]

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • May 25, 2018

    How Corporate Legal Affairs Should Be to Improve International Competitiveness

    • Speaker: KITAMURA Atsushi (Director, Competition Enhancement Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Speaker: NATORI Katsuya (Managing Partner, Natori Law Office)
    • Moderator: KANAZAWA Yutaka (Deputy Director, Competition Enhancement Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • May 17, 2018

    World Economic Outlook, April 2018 -- Cyclical Upswing, Structural Change

    • 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)

    Japanese

    This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • 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)