Japan’s New Cybersecurity Minister Admits He's Never Actually Used A Computer

Lester Mason
November 16, 2018

The legend of tech that is Sir Clive Sinclair is also understood not to use computers for communication, whilst Dan Ackroyd doesn't even have a phone, just a pager.

Japan's No. 2 cybersecurity official has let slip - in parliament - that he has never used a computer. "I have never used a computer in my life", he said, according to a translation by the Kyodo news agency.

Sakurada was last month promoted to cybersecurity and Olympics minister, a role that means he is responsible for overseeing cybersecurity preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.

Taking questions from lawmakers yesterday, Sakurada also made comments indicating he has no idea what a USB port is.

It all began last month.

Ministers in Japan nearly always get parliamentary questions in advance.

Sakurada blamed one particularly unimpressive performance in parliament on the opposition MP Renho Murata, complaining that she had not given him her questions in advance.


His response catches in a nutshell concerns that some Japanese lawmakers are growing desperately out of touch in a rapidly ageing nation.

"I've had my own business since I was 25 years old and I've been instructing my employees and secretaries", he said.

Asked if he used a computer, Mr Sakurada appeared confident as he replied that he did not.

"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. He recently admitted that despite his position, he's never used a computer, and was bewildered by the concept of a USB drive.

He is also said to have demurred when asked for details on how the country's nuclear power plants are being protected from cybercriminals.

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. The debate was frequently interrupted as he relied nearly entirely on his aides to answer questions.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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