BBL Seminars FY2023

Past BBL Reports and Summaries

  • February 22, 2024

    RIETI Open BBL Webinar

    Challenges and Possibilities for Japan as Seen in the IMD World Competitiveness Rankings

    • Speaker: TAKATSU Naoshi (Managing Partner, Northeast Asia, IMD)
    • Commentator: KAJI Naohiro (Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • February 21, 2024

    RIETI Open BBL Webinar

    Revitalizing the Local Economy Through Medical Tourism: Towards a high-value, high-profit model

    • Speaker: SHIBUYA Kenji (CEO, Medical Excellence JAPAN (MEJ))
    • Commentator: HASHIMOTO Taisuke (Director, Healthcare Industries Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group, METI)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • February 15, 2024

    RIETI-The 21st Century Public Policy Institute BBL Webinar

    Flexible Regional Management: Delivering sustainability over growth

    • Speaker: MARUTANI Tomoyasu (Chairman, Secoma Company, Ltd.)
    • Commentator: YOSHIMURA Takashi (Director, The 21st Century Public Policy Institute)
    • Commentator & Moderator: SATO Katsuhiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Business and Finance, Waseda University)

    Japanese

  • February 14, 2024

    RIETI-EUJC Joint BBL Webinar

    The Presence of Europe in a Global Trend of Decarbonization - Lessons from Europe, leading role in energy transition

    • Speaker: NAKAJIMA Manabu (Project Director, Energy Research Division, Research and Analysis Department, Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC))
    • Speaker: NODA Taichi (Director General, Business Strategy Department, Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security (JOGMEC))
    • Commentator: TANABE Yasuo (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Managing Director, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation)
    • Moderator: IKEYAMA Shigetoshi (Vice Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • February 8, 2024

    New Directions in American Economic Statecraft

    • Speaker: Mireya SOLIS (Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings)
    • Commentator: URATA Shujiro (Chairman, RIETI / Professor Emeritus, Waseda University)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    This seminar has been canceled.

  • February 7, 2024

    RIETI-METI Joint Project - "Economic Security Seminar" Series

    Recent US Trends in Economic Security

  • January 25, 2024

    DX Series

    Unlocking the Voice of the Future: Innovations and Applications of AI Voice Analysis Engines

    • Speaker: HASHIMOTO Taiichi (RevComm Inc. Research Director)
    • Commentator: SUGINOO Daisuke (Assistant Director, Information Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) / Project Researcher, Institute for Digital Observatory, The University of Tokyo)

    Japanese

  • January 19, 2024

    Friend-Shoring Security Trumps Economics? : A European perspective

    • Speaker: Michael REITERER (Distinguished Professor at Brussels School of Governance / Visiting Professor at Ritsumeikan University / Former EU-Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, to Switzerland and Liechtenstein / Minister, Deputy Head of EU-Delegtion to Japan)
    • Commentator: URATA Shujiro (Chairman, RIETI / Professor Emeritus, Waseda University)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)
  • January 18, 2024

    Challenges in Advanced Talent Development: The quest for the revival of domestic semiconductors

    • Speaker: HOUKIN Kiyohiro (President, Hokkaido University)
    • Commentator: KANAZASHI Hisashi (Director, IT Industry Division & Director for Digital Infrastructure Policy Office, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: IKEYAMA Shigetoshi (Vice Chairman, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • December 22, 2023

    RIETI Open BBL Webinar

    Indo-Pacific Geoeconomics and the U.S.-China Rivalry for Global Hegemony: The Evolution of economic power in international politics

    • Speaker: TERADA Takashi (Professor, Faculty of Law, Doshisha University)
    • Commentator: URATA Shujiro (Chairman, RIETI / Professor Emeritus, Waseda University)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • December 20, 2023

    RIETI-METI Joint Project - "New Horizons of Economic Security" Series

    An Overview of Economic Security (5): From an Industrial Policy Perspective

  • December 19, 2023

    Hidden Exposure: Measuring U.S. supply chain reliance

  • December 15, 2023

    Capitalism in the 22nd Century - An economist's take on “fluffy” economic thought -

    • Speaker: NARITA Yusuke (Visiting Fellow, RIETI / Assistant Professor, Department of Economics & Cowles Foundation & Y-RISE, Yale University)
    • Commentator & Moderator: KAJI Naohiro (Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • December 13, 2023

    What is “Supply Chain and Technological Basis for Economic Security”? - Securing the future of computing -

    • Speaker: Mukesh KHARE (General Manager, IBM Semiconductors and Vice President of Hybrid Cloud Research, IBM)
    • Moderator: NISHIKAWA Kazumi (Principal Director, Office of Economic Security, Minister's Secretariat, METI)
    • Video (Presentation) (YouTube)
    • Video (Q&A) (YouTube)
  • December 11, 2023

    The Economics of Human Resources for Japanese Companies: Key Points and Policy Implications

    • Speaker: TSURU Kotaro (Program Director, Faculty Fellow, RIETI (Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry) / Professor, Graduate School of Business & Commerce, Keio University)
    • Moderator: SHIMAZU Yuki (Director, Human Resource Policy Division, METI)

    Japanese

  • December 1, 2023

    White Paper on the Labour Economy 2023

    • Speaker: FURUYA Katsufumi (Senior Specialist on Labour Economy, Counsellor’s Office (Labour Section), Director-General for Policy Planning and Evaluation, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
    • Commentator: SAMESHIMA Hiroyuki (Director, Fair Trade Division, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • November 29, 2023

    RIETI-METI Joint Project - "New Horizons of Economic Security" Series

    An Overview of Economic Security (4): Economic Statecraft for Economic Security

    • Speaker: Daleep SINGH (Chief Global Economist and Head of Global Macroeconomic Research at PGIM Fixed Income / Former Deputy National Security Advisor and Deputy Director of National Economic Council)
    • Commentator: HIRAI Hirohide (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor, Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI)
    • Moderator: FUKUOKA Noriyoshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Principal Deputy Director, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Video (Presentation) (YouTube)
    • Video (Disccusion, Q&A) (YouTube)
  • November 17, 2023

    RIETI-METI Joint Project - "New Horizons of Economic Security" Series

    An Overview of Economic Security (3): From an academic perspective (U.S. version)

    • Speaker: Matthew GOODMAN (Distinguished Fellow for Global Economic Policy and Director of the Greenberg Center for Global Economic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, USA)
    • Commentator: HIRAI Hirohide (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor, Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI)
    • Moderator: FUKUOKA Noriyoshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Principal Deputy Director, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
  • November 15, 2023

    Defense of Japan 2023 (Annual White Paper)

    • Speaker: FUJITAKA Shu (Director, Defense White Paper Office, Public Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Defense)
    • Commentator: TAKIZAWA Yasunori (Director for Defense Industry, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • November 9, 2023

    What Can We Conclude from the Evidence on Minimum Wages and Employment? - Recent progress

  • November 8, 2023

    World Economic Outlook and the Asia Pacific Region: Navigating global divergences

    • Speaker: YOSHIDA Akihiko (Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Commentator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Economic and Social Research Institute of Northeast Asia (ERINA-UNP) / Professor, Faculty of International Economic Studies, University of Niigata Prefecture)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • October 16, 2023

    RIETI-METI Joint Project - "New Horizons of Economic Security" Series

    Economic Security and Enterprise (1) - From the Perspective of Digital Industry -

    • Speaker: KOSHIBA Mitsunobu (Co-founder, Cdots LLC / Former Vice President, Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives))
    • Commentator: HIRAI Hirohide (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor, Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI)
    • Moderator: FUKUOKA Noriyoshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Principal Deputy Director, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • October 12, 2023

    RIETI-The 21st Century Public Policy Institute BBL Webinar

    Hitachi's Business Transformation and Future Value Creation

    • Speaker: HIGASHIHARA Toshiaki (Executive Chairman, Representative Executive Officer and Director, Hitachi, Ltd.)
    • Commentator: YOSHIMURA Takashi (Director, The 21st Century Public Policy Institute)
    • Commentator: SAWABE Norio (Professor, Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University)
    • Commentator & Moderator: SATO Katsuhiro (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Graduate School of Business and Finance, Waseda University / Lecturer, Graduate School of Business, Kyoto University)

    Japanese

  • October 11, 2023

    Energy Security and Carbon Neutrality: Messages of the Innovation Cool Earth Forum (ICEF)

    • Speaker: TANAKA Nobuo (Chairman, Steering Committee of Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) / CEO, Tanaka Global, Inc. / Exective Director Emeritus, International Energy Agency (IEA))
    • Commentator: ANDO Haruhiko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Visiting Professor, The University of Electro-Communications)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • October 5, 2023

    Annual Report on the Japanese Economy and Public Finance 2023 - Prices and wages begin to move

    • Speaker: UENO Yuko (Deputy Director-General for Economic Research, Cabinet Office)
    • Moderator: INOUE Seiichiro (Deputy Director-General, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • September 29, 2023

    RIETI-METI Joint Project - "New Horizons of Economic Security" Series

    An Overview of Economic Security (2): The China-Taiwan Situation and Japan

    • Speaker: KANEHARA Nobukatsu (Professor, Doshisha University / Executive Director, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation)
    • Commentator: HIRAI Hirohide (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor, Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI)
    • Moderator: FUKUOKA Noriyoshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Principal Deputy Director, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • September 28, 2023

    The Digital Divide and Business Opportunities in ASEAN – Insights from the ASEAN regional fact-finding survey

    • Speaker: OIKAWA Keita (Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA))
    • Speaker: IWASAKI Fusanori (Director for Policy Research, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA))
    • Commentator: FUKUCHI Mami (Director, Asia and Pacific Division, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • September 19, 2023

    RIETI-METI Joint Project - "New Horizons of Economic Security" Series

    An Overview of Economic Security (1): From an academic perspective

    • Speaker: SUZUKI Kazuto (Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo / Director, Institute of Geoeconomics, International House of Japan)
    • Commentator: HIRAI Hirohide (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor, Former Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI)
    • Moderator: FUKUOKA Noriyoshi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Principal Deputy Director, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • September 15, 2023

    Annual Report on the Environment, the Sound Material-Cycle Society and Biodiversity in Japan 2023

    • Speaker: HIGASHIOKA Reiji (Senior Planning Officer, General Policy Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of the Environment)
    • Speaker: OI Taito (Deputy Director, Office for Promotion of Sound Material-Cycle Society, Environmental Regeneration and Material Cycles Bureau, Ministry of the Environment)
    • Speaker: MATSUNAGA Akimichi (Deputy Director, Biodiversity Strategy Office, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • September 6, 2023

    DX Series

    The Future of Anime: Usage of AI as a tool in anime production workflow

    • Speaker: SAKURAI Taiki (Salamander Pictures CEO)
    • Commentator: HORI Tatsuya (Deputy Director, Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) /Visiting Researcher, National Institute of Informatics (NII))

    Japanese

    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • July 31, 2023

    DX Series

    Societal Impacts of Generative AI and Strategic Approaches to the AI Era

    • Speaker: ETOH Minoru (Professor, Open and Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives, Osaka University)
    • Commentator: YAMANA Hayato (Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Waseda University (Vice President for IT Strategies))
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) / Visiting Researcher, National Institute of Informatics (NII))

    Japanese

  • July 19, 2023

    Innovation: A key pathway to Europe's green deal and economic security

  • July 13, 2023

    White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2023

    • Speaker: AIDA Masashi (Director, Policy Planning and Research Office, Trade Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Commentator: URATA Shujiro (Chairman, RIETI / Professor Emeritus, Waseda University)
    • Moderator: ZHANG Hongyong (Senior Fellow and Policy Advisor, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • July 12, 2023

    DX Series

    Use Cases and Challenges Facing Generative AI in Medical DX

    • Speaker: MIZUNO Takashi (CEO, Fast DOCTOR Co. Ltd.)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) / Visiting Researcher, National Institute of Informatics (NII))

    Japanese

  • July 7, 2023

    What is Needed to Improve Japan’s Potential Growth Rate: Analysis using the 2023 JIP database

    • Speaker: FUKAO Kyoji (Faculty Fellow & Program Director, RIETI / University Professor, IER & Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University / President, The Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO)
    • Commentator: KAJI Naohiro (Director, Industrial Structure Policy Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: MIZUNO Masato (Director of Research, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • July 5, 2023

    Consumption Analysis in Contemporary Japan: Our current status based on “Life Cycle Theory”

    • Speaker: UNAYAMA Takashi (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)
    • Moderator: KONISHI Yoko (Senior Fellow, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • June 21, 2023

    Japan’s Energy Policy Analysis based on the Energy White Paper: From the Russian invasion of Ukraine to GX

    • Speaker: HIROTA Daisuke (Director, Energy Supply and Demand Policy Office and Research and Public Relations Office, Commissioner's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • June 14, 2023

    The New Era of ChatGPT in the Enterprise Arena

    • Speaker: TANAHASHI Nobukatsu (Asia Global Blackbelt AI / ML Sr. Specialist Microsoft Japan, Co., Ltd.)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Research Organization of Information and Systems (ROIS) / Visiting Researcher, National Institute of Informatics (NII))

    Japanese

  • June 8, 2023

    The 2023 White Paper on Manufacturing Industries (Monodzukuri)

    • Speaker: INA Tomoko (Director, Manufacturing Industries Strategy Office, METI)
    • Moderator: MIZUNO Masato (Director of Research, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • June 7, 2023

    Trade Tensions and the US Soft Power

    • Speaker: WEI Shang-Jin (Professor of Finance and Economics, Professor of International Affairs, and N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy, Columbia University / Former Chief Economist of Asian Development Bank)
    • Commentator: SAHASHI Ryo (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Associate Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo)
    • Commentator: ZHANG Hongyong (Senior Fellow and Policy Advisor, RIETI)
    • Moderator: YIN Ting (Fellow (Specially Appointed) and Policy Advisor, RIETI / Associate Professor, Center for Intergenerational Studies, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University / Associate Professor (Specially Appointed), Tokyo Gakugei University)
    • Presentation (Dr. Wei) [PDF:2.0MB]
    • Comment (Dr. Zhang) [PDF:372KB]
    • Video (Presentation) (YouTube)
    • Video (Comment and Q&A) (YouTube)
  • June 2, 2023

    World Economic Outlook and the Asia Pacific Region: A Rocky recovery

    • Speaker: YOSHIDA Akihiko (Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Monetary Fund (IMF))
    • Commentator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Director, Economic and Social Research Institute of Northeast Asia (ERINA-UNP) / Professor, Faculty of International Economic Studies, University of Niigata Prefecture)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • May 31, 2023

    The Application of Origins of Capitalism in Japan for the New Era

    • Speaker: SHIBUSAWA Ken (CEO, Shibusawa and Company, Inc.)
    • Moderator: IKEYAMA Shigetoshi (Executive Officer, Director of Administration, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • May 26, 2023

    The Invisible Truth about the Japanese Economy - There is no simple “Growth Strategy”

    • Speaker: MOMMA Kazuo (Executive Economist, Mizuho Research & Technologies, Ltd.)
    • Moderator: MORIKAWA Masayuki (President and Chief Research Officer (CRO), RIETI / Specially Appointed Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)

    Japanese

  • May 25, 2023

    Entertainment Industry Strategy Based on Collaboration Among Government, Industry and Academia: Insights from METI’s two-year project to strengthen competitiveness for overseas expansion of Japanese content (media mix, anime, and mobile games)

    • Speaker: NAKAYAMA Atsuo (Founder&CEO, Re entertainment)
    • Commentator: HORI Tatsuya (Deputy Director, Media and Content Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: SABURI Masataka (Senior Fellow, RIETI / Special Advisor to the Minister, METI)

    Japanese

  • May 19, 2023

    2023 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan / 2023 White Paper on Small Enterprises in Japan

    • Speaker: YOSHIDA Naoki (Director, Research Office, Business Environment Department, Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, METI and Director, Regional Economic and Industrial Research Office, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group, METI)
    • Moderator: SEKIGUCHI Yoichi (Senior Fellow and Research Coordinator (Research), RIETI)

    Japanese

  • May 17, 2023

    A New Era of INVEST JAPAN - Case studies relating to the use of inbound M&A transactions (cases studies of Japanese companies that leveraged foreign capitals for corporate reforms, management enhancement and dramatic growth)

    • Speaker: MIYAJIMA Hideaki (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Waseda University / Chairman of The Study Group for Issues Relating to Inbound M&A Transactions and Case Studies, METI)
    • Speaker: OTSUKA Hiroyuki (Managing Director and Deputy Head of the Carlyle Japan / Member of The Study Group for Issues Relating to Inbound M&A Transactions and Case Studies, METI)
    • Speaker: YATAGAWA Eiji (Partner, KKR Japan Limited / Member of The Study Group for Issues Relating to Inbound M&A Transactions and Case Studies, METI)
    • Speaker: KAKIMI Naohiko (Director, Investment Facilitation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI)
    • Moderator: AMANO Fujiko (Director for Investment Collaboration, Investment Facilitation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METI)

    Japanese

  • May 11, 2023

    The Evolution of the U.S. Trade Agenda in the Asia-Pacific Since 2017

    • Speaker: Michael BEEMAN (Visiting Scholar, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University (Former Assistant USTR for Japan, Korea and APEC))
    • Moderator: YOSHIDA Yasuhiko (Vice Chairman, RIETI)

    *This BBL Seminar is NOT for Quotation.

  • April 26, 2023

    The East Asian Electronics Sector: The roles of exchange rates, technology transfer, and global value chains

  • April 19, 2023

    Asia's Response to the Collapsing Consensus on Trade

  • April 14, 2023

    Cutting Edge Digital Technology to Solve Societal Problems

    • Speaker: MANAGI Shunsuke (Faculty Fellow, RIETI / Distinguished Professor of Technology and Policy, Director, Urban Institute, School of Engineering, Kyushu University))
    • Moderator: MIZUNO Masato (Director of Research, RIETI)

    Japanese

  • April 5, 2023

    DX Series

    Manufacturing × DX: The challenge of creating new value

    • Speaker: YOSHIDA Mitsunobu (Senior Corporate Officer and Representative Corporate Officer, President, Industrial Digital Manufacturing Business Company, MISUMI Group Inc.)
    • Moderator: KIDO Fuyuko (Consulting Fellow, RIETI / Project Researcher, Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo / Project Assistant Professor, Research Strategy Office, National Institute of Informatics (NII) / Specially Appointed Fellow, Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) / Visiting Researcher, The Research Institute for Innovation Management, Hosei University)

    Japanese