'I've never used a computer': Japan cybersecurity minister

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 17, 2018

Yoshitaka Sakurada (left), 68, the deputy chief of the government's cybersecurity strategy office and also the minister in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that Tokyo will host in 2020, raising his hand to answer a question beside Satsuki Katayama, minister in charge of regional revitalisation and female empowerment, during a parliament session in Tokyo on No 14.

"I give instructions to my aide and so I don't punch into a computer myself", he added, per The Associated Press. 'I've never used a computer!' "If a hacker targets this Minister Sakurada, they wouldn't be able to steal any information".

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.

Mr Sakarada's startling admission came during questions in the Japanese parliament, during which it also became clear that he had no idea what a USB stick was.

His comments were met with incredulity by opposition lawmakers.

Twitter users have another perspective on the matter. "Indeed it might be the strongest kind of security!"

"Earlier this month he claimed to know nothing about plans for North Korea's sports minister to attend a meeting in Tokyo at the end of the month, in violation of a ban on the regime's officials entering Japan", The Graun reported.

Ruling party lawmaker Yoshitaka Sakurada, also in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was replying Wednesday (local time) to questions from independent and opposition legislators.

Many members of Parliament were shocked by such a confession from a man who is responsible for cyber security across the country.

"I don't know details well", he said.

Addressing another parliamentary committee, the minister had slipped up by saying the Olympics would cost Japan 1,500 yen (13.21 dollars) instead of 150 billion yen (1.32 billion dollars).

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