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Japan’s cybersecurity minister admitted that he never used a computer

I had to tell about it at the parliament meeting, where he was asked about USB flash drives.

Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, is the deputy head of the cybersecurity strategy department of the government and the minister responsible for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. On November 14, at a meeting of the parliament, Saurada admitted that from the age of 25 he was engaged exclusively in consulting and never touched computers.

The minister was also embarrassed at the question of whether or not they use USB flash drives at the plant. Speech Sakurada caused criticism from the opposition.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]It is incredible that someone who did not touch computers is responsible for cybersecurity policies.[/perfectpullquote]
Masato Imai
opposition MP

Sakurada explained the inability to use computer employment in his youth.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]In my youth I worked hard, was very busy and did not manage to master the computer. Then I grew up in the service and began to give instructions to my staff and secretaries. I have no need now to drum on the computer keyboard.[/perfectpullquote]
Yoshitaka Sakurada
statement in the country’s parliament

Sakurada has been in power for just over a month. He was elected to the cabinet after re-election of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and personnel changes in the leadership of the country. Earlier this month, he claimed that he did not know anything about the plans of the North Korean sports minister to attend a meeting in Tokyo at the end of the month, in violation of Japan’s ban. After Sakurada told a press conference that he didn’t know anything, the assistant intervened and Sakurada quickly recovered, saying that he was informed about it.

At a meeting of the budget commission of the upper house last week, where Sakurada was subjected to similar criticism, answering questions about the actions of the Olympic and Paralympic Committee of Tokyo 2020 and the budget of the event. The discussion was often interrupted, as he almost always relied on his assistants to answer questions.

When one of the opposition deputies asked him how much money he planned to allocate the country’s budget for the Olympics and the Paralympics, he replied with 1,500 yen. It is about 13 dollars, while real expenses are about 150 billion yen. Now, opposition MPs call on the government to dismiss the minister.

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