Jan. 22 - Encouraging more women into the boardroom and into decision-making positions will be crucial to ensuring Japan’s economic prosperity, says PM Shinzo Abe’s special advisor William Saito.
Now Japanese prime decisions -- -- has done at least some surprising things he stayed in office for more than a year and he's taken some decisive action. I think my next guest -- it is decisive action on the economy. But his biggest test kicked -- yet to come join me Williams sites as special advisor and Japan's cap cabinet office. I'm great to have you back when I spoke that you lost yet you set in my court come. Japan needs to reconnect with the world thinks it's an island it's not. How much progressive human. And is considerable progress to the sitting prime minister made the first keynote adult doses of the -- we have a -- presence here but I think gaining that confidence and going out in the world and and re connecting the last at least twelve months has been. Definitive that depict the big test comes in the spring when when -- is set to raise the consumption tax. Tom is he also -- one thing. The upper stage I think everybody is accepting gifts this will happen it's a catch 22 for him and some business. I don't think so I I think that. We we have that is a two stage process. Going for 58% is. Pretty much it probably people people accept this I think the bigger test is from going from eight to -- later next year. -- deregulation of the -- test Tom. Is he gonna deliver on the the structural reform packages -- when when is the market can be convinced that he's coming through with this. Right mrs. you -- -- called third aero and -- exact. And I think to be giving a keynote does speak to leaders that you hear a lot of its plans being outlined and 2014 will be definitive a year and making insurance singles actually happening and -- concrete examples what else can say is more. Here's a guess that gives a heads up secret. That. A lot of these things aren't in terms of like you mentioned privatization on energy issues is obviously a topic that affects the country. How you make the country competitive again include connecting to the global environment things like women empowerment partner yet. I wanna talk wanted to -- both those things -- just -- without women empowerment arm. -- clearly. Priority but the -- -- global gender gap reportedly even when he spoke to you 100 and find out of 1036 countries. Huge mountain to -- Are you making any progress -- I do think so the prime ministers outlined plans to make sure of that board members and politicians have. Certain requirements in terms of how -- them in in those positions and so those targets I think are reasonable and and the progress being made that. And then entrepreneurship. Against -- has -- to -- -- -- broke you you call yourself an entrepreneur and debates. I think this is what I mean you tell me one of the reasons you -- in the first place to -- -- we -- science technology new industry. How key is that. Enjoying being the change that -- are -- in spite I think it's critical I think that while the research -- aren't these very good in Japan. Trained in that development new products and companies and industries and that and lacked in the last few decades. Entrepreneurs think outside the box doing new things in different ways. This is I think a pillar of the third --