Sunday, 28 November 2021

Japan: the minister responsible for cyber security has never used a computer

AFP

The Japanese cyber security minister provoked laughter from the opposition after admitting he had never used a computer in his professional life.

Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, is the deputy head of the government’s computer security strategy unit and also minister of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which Tokyo is organizing in 2020.

During a parliamentary committee session on Wednesday, he acknowledged his shortcoming: “Since the age of 25, I have always used my employees or secretaries, so I have never used a computer”.

He also seemed a little lost when asked if USB keys were used in nuclear power plants.

“It’s incredible that someone who has never touched a computer is responsible for the IT security policy,” opposition politician Masato Imai publicly expressed.

Yoshitaka Sakurada has triggered criticism and sarcasm on social networks. “If a hacker targets this Minister Sakurada, he can not steal any information.This could be the best security,” quipped a user.

Mr. Sakurada, who has already been illustrated by other gaffes, has been in office for a month. He joined the government in a cabinet reshuffle during which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ensured a balance between the factions of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

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