Japan's cybersecurity minister admits he's never used a computer

'I don't use computers,' Japan's minister in charge of cybersecurity tells Diet

'I don't use computers,' Japan's minister in charge of cybersecurity tells Diet

The New York Times reports lawmakers there were "aghast" Wednesday when, during a parliamentary questioning session, 68-year-old Yoshitaka Sakurada admitted he doesn't do any work on a computer, because that's what he has secretaries or other workers for.

Although a freaky situation, Mr Sakurada is not the only person who doesn't use computers.

The minister in charge of cybersecurity said he doesn't use computers.

Although the minister is not expected to have much hands-on responsibility in the handling of either cybersecurity or the Olympics, Sakurada's high-profile bungling is an embarrassment for Abe.

When asked by the opposition member how someone lacking computer skills could be in charge of cybersecurity, Sakurada said policy was decided broadly by a number of people in his office and the national government.

And his comments provoked a firestorm online. "Doesn't he feel ashamed?" wrote one shocked micro-blogger. He doesn't even know what a USB is.

However, Mr Sakurada had said he recognised that "firmly carrying out cybersecurity from a citizen's standpoint" was part of his job.

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"If a hacker targets this Minister Sakurada, they wouldn't be able to steal any information".

Yoshitaka Sakurada was appointed to the cabinet last month, and serves as deputy chief of the government's cybersecurity strategy office. He previously struggled to answer simple questions about the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With less than two years to the opening of the 2020 Olympics, which, inexplicably also comes under his brief, he has already denied knowledge of a visiting North Korean minister to discuss participation, in violation of a blanket ban on citizens entering Japan.

This isn't new territory for Sakurada. "I don't know details well", he replied.

At a parliamentary commission meeting yesterday, Sakurada faced a question from Masato Imai, an independent Lower House lawmaker, regarding his computer literacy.

"This is not something I should be meddling in in my capacity", local media quoted him as saying.

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