BBL Seminars FY2019

Past BBL Reports and Summaries

  • March 19, 2020

    Considering the Shape of This Country: Reflection and discussions on parliamentary democracy in Japan and the UK

    • Speaker: TSURUOKA Koji (Former Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom)
    • Moderator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • February 12, 2020

    Critical Ideas in Confronting the Revolutionary Era of 5G & DX Technologies

    • Speaker: MORIKAWA Hiroyuki (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)
    • Moderator: ANDOH Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • February 6, 2020

    Current Status, Prospects and Challenges of Impact Investing in Japan

    • Speaker: ODA Satoshi (Knowledge Development Officer, Japan Social Innovation and Investment Foundation)
    • Speaker: ISHIKAWA Yoshiaki (CFO, Life is Tech, Inc.)
    • Speaker: UENO Sota (Co-CEO, Human Alba)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Director, PR Strategy, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • January 29, 2020

    New Renewable Energy Technology Development Through Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration: To compete with the world

    • Speaker: SEGAWA Hiroshi (Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo)
    • Commentator: HIGASHINO Yasuaki (Assistant General Manager, Marubeni Corporation)
    • Moderator: ANDOH Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • January 22, 2020

    Big Data and Public Statistical Surveys: Creation, communication, and utilization

    • Speaker: KONISHI Yoko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Commentator: MUKAI Kentaro (General Coordination Office, Reseach and Statistics Department, METI)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Senior Fellow, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • January 15, 2020

    New Development of "Business Support Library" Useful for Regional Revitalization

    • Speaker: YONO Momoko (Collection Building, Japan Business Library Association)
    • Commentator: TAKEUCHI Toshiaki (President, Japan Business Library Association / Visiting Professor, The University of Electro-Communications)
    • Moderator: ANDO Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • January 14, 2020

    Rugby and the Future of Japan

    • Speaker: IWABUCHI Kensuke (Chairman, Japan Rugby Football Union)
    • Commentator: SAIKI Naoko (Director, Japan Rugby Football Union)
    • Moderator: MIYASHITA Hiroshi (Director, Service Industries Office, Service Affairs Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, METI)

    Japanese

  • January 10, 2020

    Collective Action in a Fragmented World

    • Speaker: Jean PISANI-FERRY (Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics / Sciences Po, Paris / EUI, Florence / Bruegel, Brussels / Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)
    • Moderator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Chairman, RIETI)
    • Handout [PDF:444KB]
  • January 9, 2020

    What "Sapiens" Suggests on Rulemaking and Innovation

    • Speaker: NAKAHARA Hirohiko (Deputy Director-General for Economic and Social Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Speaker: FURUYA Hajime (Director, Startup and New Business Promotion Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Speaker & Moderator: IKEDA Yoko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI/Deputy Director, International Policy Division, Japan Patent Office, METI)

    Japanese

  • December 26, 2019

    Managing Currency Risk

    • Speaker: ITO Takatoshi (Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University/Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies)
    • Speaker: SATO Kiyotaka (Professor, Department of Economics, Graduate School of International Social Sciences, Yokohama National University)
    • Speaker: SHIMIZU Junko (Professor, Faculty of Economics, Gakushuin University)
    • Commentator: KOIBUCHI Satoshi (Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Chuo University)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Senior Fellow, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • December 19, 2019

    Beyond TICAD7 - Opportunities in Powering African Industrial Development through UNIDO Energy (DOE)

    • Speaker: OISHI Hiroshi (Chief Technical Advisor, Department of Energy (DOE), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO))
    • Commentator: ADACHI Mai (Deputy Director, Technical Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: ANDO Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • December 17, 2019

    Irrationality of Human Resource Management in Japan Seen from Gender Discrimination in Medical Schools and Gender Segregation in Profession

    • Speaker: YAMAGUCHI Kazuo (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago)
    • Moderator: SEKI Hiromi (Deputy Director, Economic and Social Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • December 16, 2019

    Frontier of AI and Face Recognition Technology

    • Speaker: IMAOKA Hitoshi (NEC Fellow, NEC Corporation)
    • Moderator: YOSHIDA Hiroki (Deputy Director, IT Project Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • December 11, 2019

    World and Regional Economic Outlook - Global Manufacturing Downturn, Rising Trade Barriers

    • Speaker: SUMI Chikahisa (Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Moderator: OIKAWA Keita (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Deputy Director, Macro Economic Affairs Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • December 10, 2019

    Causal Machine Learning: From 21st century web industry to 22nd century public policy

    • Speaker: NARITA Yusuke (Assistant Professor / Stanford University Visiting Assistant Professor / Jinch Inc. Cofounder)
    • Commentator & Moderator: ICHIKAWA Tagui (Director General, AIST Tokyo Waterfront and Deputy Director General for AI, Department of IT and Human Factors at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))

    Japanese

  • December 9, 2019

    Can the WTO Survive? Rule of Law in the Multilateral Trading System and Japan's Role

    • Speaker: OTABE Yoichi (Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Geneva / Former Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs)
    • Speaker: KAWASE Tsuyoshi (Professor, Faculty of Law, Sophia University)
    • Moderator: KURODA Junichiro (Director-General, Multilateral Trade System Department, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • December 5, 2019

    Current Situation of The Venture Ecosystem in Japan and Future Prospects for Industry

    • Speaker: AKAURA Tohru (General Partner, Incubate Fund / Chairman, Japan Venture Capital Association)
    • Commentator: TADOKORO Hajime (Senior Fellow, RIETI)
    • Moderator: SAKAMOTO Eisuke (Director, Fund Management Planning Division, Fund Management Department, SMRJ (Organization for SME and Regional Innovation, Japan))

    Japanese

  • November 28, 2019

    The Technological Forefront of Quantum Computing

    • Speaker: KAWABATA Shiro (Group leader, Nanoelectronics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) / Sub-program Director, Quantum information processing area, Quantum Leap (Q-LEAP) project, MEXT)
    • Speaker: ARIMA Nobuaki (Director, Device Industry and Digital Consumer Electronics Strategy Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: ANDO Haruhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • November 26, 2019

    Climate Change and The Role of Finance

    • Speaker: TAMAKI Rintaro (President, Japan Center for International Finance)
    • Moderator: KAJIKAWA Fumihiro (Director, Environmental Economy Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • November 19, 2019

    The Environment Japanese Venture Capitalists Need

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

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

    *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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

    *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)

    Japanese

    *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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

    *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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

    *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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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))

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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)

    Japanese

  • 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]