William H. Saito is a Japanese American venture capitalist, investor and businessman who was born in 1971. He was named one of the most influential people in Japan by Nikkei. He started software programming in elementary school where he gained some experience in technology and started his own company when he was still in high school. William was named entrepreneur of the year 1998 where he was recognized as one of the best firms in biometrics, encryption, and cybersecurity. He later sold his enterprise to Microsoft and relocated to Tokyo and initiated InTecur, a capital and consultation company finds new and innovative technologies and assists potential entrepreneurs to be successful.
Since late 2011, William Saito has been the Chief Technology Officer of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Commission. At the start of 2012, Saito joined the council of national strategy and policy based in Japan as an appointee. This council only reports its gatherings directly to the Prime Minister of Japan. Saito is also a member of the Foundation Board at the World Economic Forum where he was named a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member. Saito also offers advice to national governments around the world, and he is currently the advisor of the Cabinet office. For example in Japan, he has been an advisor to certain agencies like the Information Technology Promotion Agency and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He is an author of many publications, teaches several universities and appears on several companies’ boards.
Mr. William Saito’s investment plan is guided by the growth in technology which makes the markets easily accessible by everyone. William Saito likes working with different persons to understand their problems and to find possible solutions that will be advantageous to the people in the real world. William’s habit that makes him a better entrepreneur understands failure as a tool that brings innovation with the help of a team. According to William, cybersecurity is an added advantage if used in a firm. Saito advises the young generation not to rush at doing things and do what their heart wants and not what their guardians wish to them to do. Persistence is what has kept Saito to become what he is today, and he recommends everyone else to accept mistakes until you are best at that particular activity that you want.
In town for Interpol World 2017, William Saito, special adviser to Japan’s cabinet, talks about the Japan-EU trade deal and the third arrow in Abenomics.