William Hiroyuki Saito is a Japanese American, who was born in the year 1971. He was born in the USA (Los Angeles). However, his parents were not of a native American background. They had previously immigrated from Japan in the year 1969. He has two siblings.
He schooled in the USA. In 1987, he completed and graduated from high school (La Verne, California). Between 1988 and 1992, William Saito attended the University of California and graduated with a bachelor’s in biomedical science.
William Saito’s passion for cybersecurity was evident from his early years of schooling. With his entrepreneurial and innovative nature, he was able to create I/O Software which he invented in the year 1991 when he was still a student at the university. This software developed many technologies, this software was able to come up with a way to display Japanese characters in English and a fingerprint recognition system (which caught the attention of Sony company, which purchased it).
In the year 2004, William Saito sold I/O Software to Microsoft. This was after it helped them to develop Microsoft Windows. They, therefore, viewed it as an asset which would help them develop new windows systems in future, fostering their growth.
Saito evidently felt as though he should return to his roots. After selling the software, he moved to Japan. His passion for entrepreneurial ventures, couple up with the development of the youth is what encouraged him to keep investing in start-ups by young people. This even to him winning an award in the year 2011 recognizing his efforts in young global leadership.
His vast knowledge of cybersecurity became an asset to Japan. He rose up the ladder, to a point where he became one of the advisors to the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. This was just the beginning of the many positions he got from the Japanese government, as well as their private sector, to aid in IT issues.
Recently, however, he resigned from the positions offered to him by the Japanese government. According to him, his reasons were that he was operating under a cloud of doubt. Hos integrity comes up as an additional quality to his diligence. He chose to give up these positions to avoid being judged by critics and other parties. After his resignation, he sought to alter his resume.