Japan’s New Cybersecurity Minister Admits He Doesn't Actually Use Computers

No experience was obviously necessary for this important government job.

Japan’s new minister in charge of cybersecurity made a startling admission on Wednesday: he doesn’t actually use computers.

Since I was 25, I have been in a position of authority where secretaries and employees handle such tasks for me,” Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, told a Lower House cabinet committee meeting, per The Japan Times.

I give instructions to my aide and so I don’t punch into a computer myself,” he added, per The Associated Press. “But I am confident our work is flawless.” 

Yoshitaka Sakurada may be Japan's new minister in charge of cybersecurity, but he doesn't actually use computers. (Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Multiple media outlets noted that Sakurada, whose ministerial portfolio includes the organization of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, also appeared clueless about how USB sticks work when answering questions about the security of the country’s power grid.

It’s unbelievable that someone who has not touched computers is responsible for cybersecurity policies,” British newspaper The Guardian reported opposition lawmaker Masato Imai as saying.

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