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 in elementary school and started his own company while still in high school and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today). As one of the world’s leading authorities on cybersecurity.
After selling his business to Microsoft, he moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a venture capital firm. In 2011, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of the National Diet’s (Parliament) Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. Later that year, he was named as both a Young Global Leader and Global Agenda Council member for World Economic Forum (WEF) and subsequently been named to its Foundation Board. In 2012, Saito was appointed to a council on national strategy and policy that reported directly to the Prime Minister of Japan.
Saito also advises several national governments around the globe. In Japan, he has served as an advisor to Japanese ministries; the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST); the Information Technology Promotion Agency (IPAS); the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, among others. He is currently the Special Advisor to the Ministry of Economic Trade and Industry (METI) and the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.
He went to medical school at UCLA and Harvard Kennedy School; serves on various boards of Global 2000 companies; frequently appears as a commentator on TV and is the author of seven books in addition to writing several weekly newspaper columns. His management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP and became a best-seller in 2012. In 2016, Saito received the Medal of Honor from the Government of Japan for his work in the field of education.