Minister of Information & Technology Outlines Japan's IT Security Revolution

Revolutionizing Japan’s Information & Communications Security Environment

Friday, May 2, 2014, 6:30 pm, at Citi’s Executive Conference Room


New York, NY - With high-profile cases of cyber-attacks on governments and corporations occurring with ever greater frequency, there is intense pressure on institutions worldwide to secure their information and communication networks. The Japanese government in particular is starting to take major steps in reforming its IT security standards. In a March 2014 report, the National Information Security Center calls for greater co-operation between firms and more resources devoted to Research and Development, as well as long-term cultivation of IT talent to combat growing threats to Japan’s essential IT infrastructure.

In Revolutionizing Japan’s Information & Communications Security Environment, His Excellency Ichita Yamamoto, Japan's Minister in Charge of Information Technology Policy, discusses how the Japanese government intends to achieve these goals and turn Japan into a world leader in IT security innovation. Presided by William Saito, InTecur, K.K founder and CEO, and a special advisor to Japan's Cabinet Office, the talk takes place offsite at Citi’s Auditorium (388 Greenwich Street).

Agenda: 6:00 pm, registration; 6:30, lecture and Q&A; 7:30-8:00, reception.

Admission: This is a free event open to the public; pre-registration is mandatory. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. To register or for more information, please email, visit, or call 212-715-1208.

His Excellency Ichita Yamamoto (speaker) serves as Minister in charge of Information Technology Policy and Ocean Policy and Territorial Issues. He is also Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, Space Policy, as well as Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs. Mr. Yamamoto was first elected to the House of Councillors in 1995 from Gunma Prefecture and has since been re-elected three times. He has also served as Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (1999), Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense (2003-04), and Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs (2008). Before being elected to the House of Councillors, Mr. Yamamoto held positions at the United Nations Development Programme and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He graduated from Chuo University, Faculty of Law and received his M.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Named by Nikkei as one of the “100 Most Influential People for Japan,” William Saito (presider) began software programming at an early age and started his own company in high school. By the time he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 (by Ernst & Young, NASDAQ and USA Today), he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption, biometric authentication and cyber security. He moved to Tokyo in 2005 and founded InTecur, a consultancy that identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful. In 2013, Saito was appointed as a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan. His best-selling management book, The Team: Solving the Biggest Problem in Japan, was published by Nikkei BP in 2012, his follow-on book, Is Your Thinking up to Global Standards?, was published by Daiwa Shobo in late 2013 and his autobiography, An Unprogrammed Life: Adventures of an Incurable Entrepreneur, was published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons. More at

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This event is co-organized by Citi with support from Citi, Deloitte, United Airlines, Mizuho Financial Group, Toyota Motor North America, and WL Ross & Co. LLC.

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