The Japanese government’s cybersecurity strategy chief Yoshitaka Sakurada is in the middle of a heated debate due to his admission about his cyber capability.
Yoshitaka Sakurada admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, despite the Japanese Government, assigned to the politician the responsibility for cybersecurity of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Sakurada was only appointed as cyber minister in October after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of the Liberal Democratic Party.
When the independent lawmaker Masato Imai in a lower house session questioned Sakurada about its cyber capabilities, the Japanese politician confirmed that he never user a computer since he was 25 years old.
“Since I was 25 years old and independent I have instructed my staff and secretaries. I have never used a computer.” said Yoshitaka Sakurada.
Of course, the response shocked the audience, including Imai.
“I find it unbelievable that someone who is responsible for cybersecurity measures has never used a computer.” said Imai.
“It’s a matter that should be dealt with by the government as a whole. I am confident that I am not at fault.” replied Sakurada.
This isn’t the first time Sakurada was in the middle of a controversy, in 2016 he was admonished for saying that women forced into wartime Japanese military brothels were “prostitutes by occupation.”
At the time, South Korean Government rebuked the Japanese Government and Sakurada was obliged to retract the remarks. Into wartime, many Koreans women were forced into sexual slavery by Japan’s Imperial Army.
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