Japan’s new cyber-security minister has dumbfounded his nation by saying he has by no means used a pc.
Yoshitaka Sakurada made the admission to a committee of lawmakers.
“Since I used to be 25 years outdated and unbiased I’ve instructed my workers and secretaries. I’ve by no means used a pc in my life,” he stated, in accordance with a translation by the Kyodo News company.
The 68-year-old was appointed to his submit final month.
His duties embody overseeing cyber-defence preparations for the 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo.
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A politician from the opposition Democratic Social gathering, Masato Imai, whose query had prompted the admission, expressed shock.
“I discover it unbelievable that somebody who’s liable for cyber-security measures has by no means used a pc,” he stated.
However Mr Sakurada responded that different officers had the mandatory expertise and he was assured there wouldn’t be an issue.
Nonetheless, his battle to reply a follow-up query about whether or not USB drives had been in use on the nation’s nuclear energy stations brought about additional concern.
The disclosure has been a lot mentioned on social media the place the response has been a mixture of astonishment and hilarity, with some noting that not less than it ought to imply Mr Sakurada can be arduous to hack.