William Saito is an internationally known Japanese American who has earned respectability as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, economic and cyber security advisor and lectureversed in the above mentioned. He has spoken to university audiences, consulted before the Japanese government on cyber security and addressed economic forums including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Saito has been instrumental in helping form several public and private companies throughout Japan and is on the boards of many of these. William Saito spent his younger years attending elementary school in Japan, middle school and beyond in the United States. He is said to have struggled with English as a second language, but exhibited mental prowess in math.
During his teen years, Saito translated US software produced by electronic manufacturers in Japan back into the native tongue for those respective companies. A few years later, he was successful in creating ware for biometric security and sold the product for a sizeable income at age 33. Saito decided to return to Japan and soon thereafter established an international cyber security advisory firm. In part, consulting funds provide annual scholarships for a small handful of students to study abroad for one year. The year away from the home country allows each student to note Japan’s strong points and weak points from the outside. On return, it is felt they will be better able to affect change once established in the vocational sphere.
William Saito returned to Japan in the early 2000s to help revive an economy that had been stagnant for some time. He attributed this to an aging population along with the potential of women and youth being largely ignored. Moreover, he feels corporate Japan needs to not only plan how it will use its workforce but work collectively to do this. To that extent he has published a book in hopes that this will spur action.
To those entering the workforce, Saito advises joining companies that show promise in the long-run compared to one that may be riding the popularity mill at the moment. Saito believes Japan can have a major role in information communication technology and cyber security – if it prepares a strategy to be a global player at the present.