Yoshitaka Sakurada, deputy chief of cyber security in Japan's government has admitted that he has never used a computer, and has no idea what a USB stick is.
The confusion of Sakurada, 68, over what a USB drive is even caused shock among his peers, according to The Guardian.
"Since the age of 25, I have instructed my employees and secretaries, so I don't use computers myself," he told an open-mouthed group of MPs in the lower house of Japan's government .
He went on to answer a question about the use of USB sticks in Japan's nuclear facilities, a potential means of infecting systems with malware.
He appeared confused at the question, causing ripples through the house.
Sakurada took office last month in a cabinet reshuffle, with a brief that also includes handling the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, but his grasp on the role is reported to be somewhat shaky.
With less than two years to go until the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympics, he has already denied knowledge of a visiting North Korean minister to discuss participation, in violation of a blanket ban on citizens entering Japan.
He also suggested that the request by Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to let the North Koreans participate, following an appeal to Kim Jong-un was outside his remit, telling a local paper: "This is not something I should be meddling in, in my capacity."
He also fuddled his figures, suggesting that government funding for the Olympic Games would total 1500 yen - or about a tenner, in Her Majesty's fine English pounds.
Unsurprisingly, opposition politicians have jumped all over Sakurada's admission. "It's unbelievable that someone who has not touched computers is responsible for cybersecurity policies," blasted the Democratic Party's Masato Imai.
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