William Saito is a notable figure in Japan for his diverse roles as an innovator and technologist. From a young age, Saito showed an interest in technology as he started his first company whiles still a student at the university. Concerning his education, Saito attended Damien High School and the University of California from 1988 to 1992. In the University, he was a student with Riverside joint Medical Biomedical Science Program.
William Saito is recognized internationally for his innovative mind and his significance in changing the face of technology. Thus, he has worked with various organizations and governments globally in different capacities. Further, Saito founded In Tecur in 2005 after moving to Tokyo from the US. The company’s focus was to support up and coming businesses and technology innovations to achieve success, as well as help entrepreneurs to make their ideas a reality. Saito also served in the council on national strategy and policy that was under the supervision of the Prime Minister. In 2012, he headed the research of the commission Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission as the Chief Technology Officer. Additionally, Saito is a Foundational Board Member of the World Economic Forum.
In addition to the numerous roles mentioned above, William Saito has been an integral member of advisory committees in Japan; he was a member of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Information Technology Promotion Agency, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, MIC, MEXT, MLIT, METI among others. Saito is also an author, his most notable book being ‘The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan. Additionally, he teaches at multiple universities and is a frequent commentator on TV. He is currently an advisor to the Cabinet Office.
For his outstanding performances throughout his career, William Saito has been recognized and feted on different occasions; he was named as one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in Japan’ by Nikkei. Also, he was named as the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 1998 by USA Today, NASDAQ, and Ernst and Young. As a technology enthusiast, Saito emphasizes the importance of embracing technology as part of our society. He encourages young entrepreneurs to be persistent, innovative, and accept failure as part of growth.
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.