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Japan's cybersecurity chief says he has never used a computer

Japan's cybersecurity chief says he has never used a computer

Yoshitaka Sakurada speaks during a press conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on October 2, 2018.

Japan's new minister in charge of cybersecurity made a startling admission on Wednesday: He's never actually used a computer.

"I give instructions to my aide and so I don't punch into a computer myself", Sakurada said.

However, his struggle to answer a follow-up question about whether USB drives were in use at the country's nuclear power stations caused further concern. He recently admitted that despite his position, he's never used a computer, and was bewildered by the concept of a USB drive.

Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, revealed that he has no use for the devices and that he's delegated such work to his secretaries since he started running his own business when he was 25, the New York Times reported. Yet his role as deputy chief seems more administrative than anything else-as he told a fellow lawmaker in the Japanese House of Representatives, he simply doesn't use computers.

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"I can't believe a person who has never touched a computer is responsible for cyber security", he said. "I don't know details well", he retorted, per the Times.

At a Lower House Budget Committee meeting Sakurada stumbled and obfuscated when answering simple questions about his organizing committee's three policy pillars for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and also the games' budget.

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.

The debate was punctuated with lengthy interruptions as the luckless minister turned to and relied nearly entirely on his aides to answer the basic questions.

The Shimbun noted that Sakurada is known for his "baffling replies", and has been forced to apologize for several sub-par performances in front of colleagues.