According to a recent report published by BBC News, Japan’s latest cyber-security minister Yoshitaka Sakurada shocked his nation when he admitted that he’s never used a computer. “Since I was 25 years old and independent I have instructed my staff and secretaries. I have never used a computer in my life,” the 68-year-old revealed to a lawmaking committee. He is extremely new to his position and has only fulfilled his duties for one month.
Sakurada’s future responsibilities include managing the cyber-defense arrangements for the 2020 Olympic Games, which is scheduled to be held in Tokyo. But he showed no concern regarding his lack of first-hand experience, stating that other government officials were capable of handling the Olympics’ cyber-defense tasks and that he was sure there would be no issues.
Yet, Sakurada had a difficult time responding to technology-related questions. When asked whether USB drives were being used in Japan’s nuclear power stations, he had trouble answering the question. Masato Imai, a Democratic Party politician and a member of the opposition said, “I find it unbelievable that someone who is responsible for cyber-security measures has never used a computer.”
Many social media users have commented on Sakurada’s admission with a combination of surprise and amusement. Some has even expressed that Sakurada would not be a very easy target to hack, as his digital footprint must be almost non-existent. Twitter user Gerard Berry (@gtbarry) tweeted: “A lot of people don’t use computers. Most of them aren’t in charge of a nation’s #cybersecurity.”