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William Saito – A Leading Entrepreneur, and a Business Minded Genius

William Saito is a well-known venture capitalist around the world. Currently, he is the Special Advisor of the Cabinet Office and Prime Minister for the Government of Japan.

 

From a very young age, William Saito had developed a keen interest in computing and technology in general. His desire to explore and learn the ins and outs of computers was so great, in fact, that while he was still in elementary school, he had already begun to learn software programming. This was at a time when most of his peers where beginning to learn how to add and subtract fractions!

 

William Saito was so influential, in fact, that Nikkei, a publication that deals with all Asian news relating to business, finance, economics, and politics, has named him as one of the 100 most influential people for Japan. And while still in high school, he had already started his own business. His business ventures from such a young age had caused him to be named as Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today.

 

William Saito is seen a a very prominent figure, with a widely respected leading role in the cyber security world. He is also a Foundation Board Member at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Due to his extensive knowledge on computing, programming, and cyber security, several national governments around the globe come to him for advice.

 

William Saito was once a cybersecurity advisor for the Cabinet Office of Japan from 2013 to 2017. He was also, at one time, the top advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on issues regarding cybersecurity. He had even accompanied Abe to Silicone Valley, where they met with influential people in major technology firms. He had also provided IT support during the Fukushima Daiichi Disaster in March 2011.

 

He had worked with Japan Airlines in 2015 as a strategic advisor, providing pointers on improving their IT strategy. He had also worked for The Japan Times in 2014 and 2015, on its advisory board.

 

With his immense knowledge on cyber security, and his computer skills in general, William Saito has proven to be an influential person in the world of technology. He has helped defend many countries, and his contributions to the technology world are monumental.

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Yeonmi Park’s Autobiography is a Story of Self-Truth

“They (biographies) made me think I could make it when nobody else believed in me, when even I didn’t believe in myself.”

Yeonmi Park, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi Park defected from North Korea alongside her mother when she was thirteen years old. Her mother was driven not to raise her daughters in a society where censorships and public executions were woven into the daily culture. The unknown beyond the Chinese border represented freedom and possibility of a life directed by destiny instead of a regime.

The unknown Park and her mother first encountered were Chinese human traffickers who sold them into sex slavery. Eventually separated, they both lived as forced brides within a prostitution ring. Upon their escape, they were reunited and resumed their journey to South Korea across the Gobi desert.

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom is Park’s autobiography and tells her story. The Reason’s blog interviews Yeonmi Park in reaction to her skeptics. Claims against her outside of the North Korean governments are based on details that do not up add up to a viewer. One skeptic points out how her English writing is too fluent for a non-English speaker. The possibility that Park inquired and received help to translate her letter never arises. The skepticism often comes from those personally familiar with the country. Their stories share a trait with Park’s. The trait that they are both personal experiences of a country with the limitation of itself.

The publication of her autobiography garnered a lot of attention, which led to many interviews with human rights groups and journalists. If a story is not retold precisely each time, does it make it any less true? Does it diminish Park’s truth? Recalling childhood memories and using them as an infrastructure the mechanics of a society is an obstacle for anyone. Let alone conveying them through multiple languages and lenses.

Limiting free speech and the right to tell one’s story is precisely what Park is speaking against. Yeonmi Park was inspired as a child to believe in herself and the ability to pursue freedom from others’ stories. And no matter her distractors’ opinions of her personal truths, her story will continue to inspire others to demand their own freedom.