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Japan’s minister of cybersecurity admits he’s never used a computer
Published 8:08 AM ET Thu, 15 Nov 2018
Updated 10:04 AM ET Thu, 15 Nov 2018 CNBC.com
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Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, the deputy chief of the government’s cyber security strategy office has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life.
In a stunning admission, Japan’s new minister in charge of cybersecurity has admitted that he has never used a computer.
During a question and answer session Yoshitaka Sakurada told a Lower House cabinet committee meeting that he had never found the need to use one during his career.
“I don’t use computers because since I was 25 I have been in a position of authority where secretaries and employees handle such tasks for me,” he said according to the Japan Times.
The Associated Press added that the 68-year-old was equally uncertain when asked about cybersecurity at nuclear power plants, appearing to not know what a USB drive is.
Lawmakers reportedly laughed at his replies, which were broadcast live on national TV.
Sakurada has been in office just over a month after being appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as part of a cabinet reshuffle.
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