Speaking at another Economist Conference

I recently spoke at the Economist CFO Roundtable and they have just asked me back to speak at next months event themed “The Bellwether Series: Charting the future of finance in Asia-Pacific”.

Japan’s financial sector and its financial system are no longer the sick men of global finance. Asset rich, with players varying from its mega-banks to regional and local institutions, from private sector to public sector, from domestic to foreign, the finance system is a vital part of Japan’s economy and must evolve accordingly. It must cope with financing vast government debt; it must provide funds to the private sector, and has a role to play in encouraging growth, dynamism and innovation. How can all these objectives be met simultaneously?

Anyway, I speak on Wednesday, May 19th on “Japan’s capital markets: the whole story”.  My sessions will address questions such as:

  • What is the capital raising model currently, and what is the impact of low economic growth?
  • Banks versus capital markets: what is the optimal balance for providing capital?
  • Can Japan’s capital markets ever adequately service start-ups and non-investment grade credits?
  • How can private equity be constructively encouraged?
  • Which entities can best finance SMEs? Can this ever be market-driven, or will there always be a role for government entities?

Since this crowdsourcing thing (1, 2) is working pretty well and I get a lot of really good feedback, advice and input on what I should emphasize during these presentations, please feel free to comment – I look forward to them.

Update:  The event will be held at the the Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Grand Ballroom 3F.

William Saito
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.

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