I’ve decided that 2010 will be a big year of change for me. The last few years have been somewhat of a haze and lacking a specific goal. I realize that doing something consistently, thoroughly and through completion is a weakness of mine so let me make my first step by posting my random thoughts on a blog. I hope this doesn’t start and stop again, but we’ll see.
My goal isn’t get tremendous readership or anything. Quite frankly, I’d be surprised if anyone ends up following it. However, I’m hoping at the very least, it will help me organize my thoughts. Plus, I’ve been noticing (to my dismay) that my memory is not what it used to be so by getting in the habit of writing things down will hopefully help.
The other motivation/catalyst for me to initiate this is a recent experience I had preparing for a presentation. I happened to Google my grandmother’s name (Kimiyo Onaga) and was thoroughly blown away by the amount of information (newspaper article
, another clip, academic papers, 2
and pictures) that was available on her going back to the early 1950’s
. This revelation was pretty eye-opening in and of itself. However, I began to think what my children and grandchildren would end up “Googling” (or whatever it will be called 50 years from now) me and wonder what I was thinking now.
Anyway, they may not be interested but you never know… Random Facebook and Twitter comments aside, I hope to put some thoughts down that would be somewhat interesting and/or thought provoking.
Special Advisor at Cabinet Office (Govt. of Japan)
Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” Saito began software programming at an early age and started his own company in high school. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption
, biometric authentication
and cyber security
After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm and consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In 2013, Saito was appointed a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.
Similarly, in 2012 he served as a council member on national strategy for the Cabinet-level National Policy Unit, and prior to that, was named as the Chief Technology Officer for the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC). He is a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and has been named by the WEF as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member.
Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has also served as an advisor to METI, MIC, MEXT, MLIT, AIST, IPA and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), among others.
He teaches at multiple universities, serves on several corporate boards, appears as a commentator on national TV and is the author of numerous publications in addition to writing a weekly column for a prominent Japanese business newspaper. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP in 2012, his follow-on book, Is Your Thinking up to Global Standards?, was published by Daiwa Shobo in late 2013 and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.