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Japan’s new cyber-security minister has left his country in a stupor by saying he has never used a computer.

Yoshitaka Sakurada made the admission to a committee of lawmakers.

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“Since I was 25 years old and independent I have instructed my staff and secretaries. I have never used a computer in my life,” he said, according to a translation by the Kyodo news agency.

The 68-year-old was appointed to his post last month. His duties include overseeing cyber-defence preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

A politician from the opposition Democratic Party, Masato Imai, whose question had prompted the admission, expressed surprise.

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