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Yoshitaka Sakurada, who was recently appointed Japan’s recently cybersecurity and Olympics minister has told parliament he has never used a computer in his life.

The 68-year-old Sakurada is however responsible for overseeing cybersecurity preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.

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He was named to the two posts last month by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, having never held a cabinet position before during his 22 years in parliament.

The minister made the admission at a parliamentary committee meeting on Wednesday when asked by an opposition lawmaker if he was computer literate.

“I’ve been independent since I was 25 and have always directed my staff and secretaries to do that kind of thing,” Sakurada replied. “I’ve never used a computer!”

Sakurada had said he recognised that “firmly carrying out cybersecurity from a citizen’s standpoint” was part of his job.

When asked by the lawmaker how someone lacking computer skills could be in charge of cybersecurity, Sakurada said the policy was decided broadly by a number of people in his office and the national government, and he was confident there would be no problems.

Sakurada’s responses in parliament and news conferences have drawn criticism before.

Addressing another parliamentary committee, the minister had slipped up by saying the Olympics would cost Japan 1,500 yen (13.21 dollars) instead of 150 billion yen (1.32 billion dollars).