Japan Minister's Computer Illiteracy Surprises Overseas Media

Politics

Washington, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--A confession made by a Japanese minister in charge of cybersecurity about his computer illiteracy has received a lot of responses from the media abroad.

The Washington Post, in an article published on Wednesday, reported that a cabinet minister who is supposed to shape Japan's cybersecurity "made a surprising admission this week: He doesn't use a computer."

Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, minister for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, is concurrently responsible for revising Japan's basic law for cybersecurity.

The Guardian and The New York Times both reported on Thursday that Sakurada did not seem to understand what USB drives were when a lawmaker asked him in parliament if nuclear plants allowed the use of such drives even though they were considered to be a security risk.

"I don't know details well. So how about having an expert answer your question if necessary," The New York Times quoted Sakurada as saying in response to the question.

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