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Japanese cybersecurity tsar does not touch computers

by on16 November 2018

Claims he does not need them

Japanese lawmakers were shocked to discover that its Cybersecurity tsar does not touch computers and claims he has no need for them.

Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, the minister who heads the government's cybersecurity office got befuddled when fellow politicians asked him some basic cybersecurity questions.

Asked by a lawmaker if nuclear power plants allowed the use of USB drives, a common technology widely considered to be a security risk, Sakurada did not seem to understand what they were.

"I don't know details well. So how about having an expert answer your question if necessary, how's that?"

Masato Imai, an opposition lawmaker moaned: "I can't believe that a person who never used a computer is in charge of cybersecurity measures."

"I have been independently running my own business since I was 25 years old. When computer use is necessary. I order my employees or secretaries" to do it. I don't type on a computer", Sakurada replied.


Last modified on 16 November 2018
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