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Updated Personal Website

Ok, so I’ve taken some time to update my personal website (http://www.saitohome.com/) with my latest information including speaking schedules, publications and bio.

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Bringing back the valley

During the height of the dot-com boom in the late ’90s, the mainstream media often referred glowingly to “Bit Valley” – the nascent venture business community springing up in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward. The area was widely recognized as the center of Japan’s burgeoning high-tech industry and thought to be a fertile environment for creative startups, much like the famed Silicon Valley in the U.S. Ten years later, however, the name “Bit Valley” has all but disappeared from general use, and the heady, entrepreneurial spirit of those times has also fizzled considerably. It’s not that Tokyo today is lacking in small startup companies – in fact, they seem to be everywhere,

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All Together Now: Electronic Money Goes Mobile in Japan

In Japan, cash has long been the preferred method of payment for most transactions. Traditional credit and debit cards have been slow to catch on among the Japanese, and even today it is not unusual to see a purchase worth thousands of dollars paid for in hard cash at Japanese retail stores. However, the long reign in Japan of cash as king appears to be nearing an end, as consumers here move increasingly toward different types of electronic money and payment methods. Cashless Commuting Currently, the most visible use of electronic payment in Japan comes in the form of a rechargeable smart card called a ‘Suica’ card. Originally introduced by

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My first blog

Here is my very first blog entry. I hope to make this tool a more useful one for everyone curious/interested enough to read it. Hopefully, more to come later.

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