BBL Seminars FY2019

Past BBL Reports and Summaries

  • November 19, 2019

    The Environment Japanese Venture Capitalists Need

    • Speaker: KARIYAZONO Soichi (Managing Partner, Globis Capital Partners)
    • Moderator: SAKAMOTO Eisuke (Director, Fund Management Planning Division, Fund Management Department, SMRJ (Organization for SME and Regional Innovation, Japan))


  • November 14, 2019

    Indigenous People Meet the Leading Edge of Technology - Alaska Trading Company's efforts for sustainable development

    • Speaker: AOKI Masafumi (Alaska Trading Company.,Ltd CEO / Organic49Club.,Ltd CEO / Alaska Association Representative Director)
    • Moderator: HAYASHI Yotetsu (Director, Startup and New Business Promotion Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)


  • November 13, 2019

    ADB Asian Economic Integration Report 2019 / 2020 – Demographic Change, Productivity, and the Role of Technology

    • Speaker: SAWADA Yasuyuki (Chief Economist and Director General for Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank)
    • Speaker: KIKKAWA Aiko (Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, Asian Development Bank)
    • Commentator: OHNO Izumi (Director, JICA Research Institute) / KAWAGUCHI Daiji (Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo)
    • Moderator: FUJISAWA Hideaki (Director, Asia and Pacific Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)


  • November 8, 2019

    DEFENSE OF JAPAN (Annual White Paper)

    • Speaker: GOMI Takashi (Director, Policy Planning and Evaluation Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Defense)
    • Moderator: FUJI Kazuhiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


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

  • November 7, 2019

    Creative Work in The Times of Death-ridden Society

    • Speaker: FUJI Kazuhiko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Commentator: SHIBATA Kumiko (Chairman of Japan Transition Doula Association)
    • Moderator: YAMADA Keigo (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Personnel Division, Minister's Secretariat, METI)


  • October 25, 2019

    Made in ShenZhen, Sold on Amazon. Examining New Manufacturing with Anker Japan Co., Ltd.

    • Speaker: IDO Yoshitsune (CEO, Anker Japan Co., Ltd.)
    • Commentator: NAKADATE Naoto (Assistant Director, Global Industrial Policy Office, METI)
    • Moderator: ANDOH Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)


    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation from presentation material.

  • October 17, 2019

    The G20 and the World Economy: Performance and prospects

    • Speaker: Dale W. JORGENSON (Samuel W. Morris University Professor, Harvard University)
    • Moderator: MORIKAWA Masayuki (Vice President, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:1.4MB]

    Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • October 4, 2019

    China's Social Credit System

    • Speaker: OKAWA Tatsuo (Consulting Fellow, RIETI)
    • Moderator: ANDOH Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)


    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • September 30, 2019

    The New Platform for Japan-Taiwan Relations and Advanced Technology Exchange

    • Speaker: LI Shih-Hui (Professor of Program in Japan Studies College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University)
    • Moderator: ANDOH Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)


  • September 4, 2019

    2019 Survey of Capital Investment Plans

    • Speaker: TAKEGAHARA Keisuke (Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Research Officer, Development Bank of Japan Inc.)
    • Moderator: AOKI Mikio (Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • August 13, 2019

    Annual Report on the Japanese Economy and Public Finance 2019

    • Speaker: IBARAGI Hideyuki (Deputy Director-General, Economic and Fiscal Management, Cabinet Office)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Senior Fellow, RIETI)


    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • August 6, 2019

    Adoption of Information Technology in Healthcare Services

    • Speaker: Vivek GHOSAL (Department Head of Economics, Virginia and Lloyd W. Rittenhouse Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
    • Moderator: IKEUCHI Kenta (Fellow, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:807KB]
  • July 30, 2019

    Trump's Trade Wars: Where do we stand?

    • Speaker: Alan V. DEARDORFF (John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics and Professor Public Policy, University of Michigan)
    • Commentator: KAMATA Isao (Professor, Research Center of International Economy and Industry, University of Niigata Prefecture)
    • Moderator: JINJI Naoto (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University)
    • Handout [PDF:1.5MB]
  • July 25, 2019

    White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2019: The current global economy and challenges to free trade

    • Speaker: OTA Mineko (Director, APEC Office and Former Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: ZHANG Hongyong (Fellow, RIETI)


  • July 17, 2019

    Using Audit Experiments to Study Political and Market Discrimination

    • Speaker: James N. DRUCKMAN (Payson S. Wild Professor at Northwestern University)
    • Moderator: ONO Yoshikuni (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor of Political Science, School of Law at Tohoku University)
    • Handout [PDF:4.6MB]

    *This BBL seminar is co-hosted by RIETI and Tohoku University.

  • June 28, 2019

    Disappointing Japanese Economic Growth and Word Economic Structural Changes

    • Speaker: MATSUMOTO Takashi (Chairman, Federation of National Public Service Personnel Mutual Aid Associations)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Macroeconomic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)


  • June 20, 2019

    Outline of the 2019 White Paper on Manufacturing Industries (Monodzukuri): Strategies for strengthening our manufacturing industries' competitiveness in the changing environment

    • Speaker: MIZUNO Masato (Director, Manufacturing Industries Policy Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: HASHIMOTO Yuki (Fellow, RIETI)


  • June 19, 2019

    APEC Energy Demand and Supply Outlook 7th Edition: Key trends for APEC and Japan through 2050

    • Speaker: IRIE Kazutomo (Managing Director, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan/President, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC))
    • Speaker: WATANABE Rin (Researcher, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre)
    • Moderator: ISHII Hidehiko (Deputy Director, International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI)


  • June 7, 2019

    OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook: Strengthening SME productivity in the digital economy

  • May 31, 2019

    Administrative Reforms and Management Accounting in Public Sectors : Practices by regional bureau A

    • Speaker: OHNISHI Junya (Visiting Scholar in Policy Research Institute, MOF)
    • Speaker: TAKEMOTO Ryusuke (Management Consultant)
    • Moderator: NABESHIMA Manabu (Consulting Fellow, RIETI)


    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • May 30, 2019

    World and Regional Economic Outlook – Growth Slowdown, Precarious Recovery

    • 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)


  • May 28, 2019

    The Future of Funding Programs for Startups: A comparative study of Western and Japanese programs

    • Speaker: KITA Yosuke (Senior Analyst, Economic Policy Dept. , Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co.,Ltd.)
    • Moderator: TAKATANI Shinya (Assistant Director, Technology and Innovation Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)


  • May 23, 2019

    2019 White Paper on Small, Medium, and Micro-sized Enterprises in Japan: Towards the success of SMEs and micro businesses in the Reiwa era

    • Speaker: UNO Yuya (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Former Deputy Director, Research Office, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
    • Moderator: SEKIGUCHI Yoichi (RIETI Senior Fellow and Research Coordinator (Research))


  • May 20, 2019

    Potential of Kansai Economy and Issues for World Expo 2025 in Osaka-Kansai: A case study of corrective action for the current economic concentration in Tokyo

    • Speaker: MORI Kiyoshi (Director-General, Kansai Bureau of Economy Trade and Industry, METI)
    • Moderator: UENO Toru (Consulting Fellow, RIETI)


  • April 15, 2019

    Outlook for the Asian Economy and Roles of the Asian Development Bank

    • Speaker: NAKAO Takehiko (President, Asian Development Bank (ADB))
    • Moderator: MORIKAWA Masayuki (Vice President, RIETI)


  • April 11, 2019

    Carbon Recycling Based on the Photocatalysis Technology

    • Speaker: FUJISHIMA Akira (Distinguished Professor, Director of Photocatalysis International Research Center, Tokyo University of Science)
    • Moderator: WAKUDA Hajime (Director, Policy Planning Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, METI)


  • April 10, 2019

    Blockchain Foundations and Theory to Real Use Cases Explained by Silicon Valley Based Venture Capital Firm

    • Speaker: Katerina STROPONIATI (Monday Capital)
    • Speaker: Yiannis VARELAS (Monday Capital)
    • Moderator: MOGI Takashi (Deputy Director, Finance Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:1.7MB]

    Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)

  • April 8, 2019

    Urgent and Important: Improving WTO performance by revisiting working practices

    • Speaker: Bernard HOEKMAN (Professor and Director, Global Economics, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute)
    • Moderator: UENO Asako (Director, Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Handout [PDF:467KB]