Unfortunately, this is a very real headline. As was first reported by Kyodo News, a Japanese based news firm, Japan’s chief cybersecurity strategist, Yoshitaka Sakurada, has personally admitted that he has never used a computer. According to the paper, this revelation came during a Government hearing in Japans lower house session on Wednesday, November 14th 2017. To get the quote exactly right, Sakurada said “Since I was 25 years old and independent, I have instructed my staff and secretaries. I have never used a computer in my life.” Explaining that he believes he need not feel any shame for accepting the position, believing that cybersecurity will rely on the collective actions/efforts of the Japanese Government as a whole, not solely upon himself.
However, this news is particularly troubling considering the fact that Mr. Sakurada will be in charge of mitigating attacks ahead of and during the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan. It is important to note that Sakurada was only elected to this position last month and given his statement in office this week, may be seeing his time in office coming to an end much sooner than later – if other lawmakers in Japan have their way, that is. Regardless, for the time being, he very well may be the most under-qualified person to serve in such a position since Donald Trump appointed Rudy Giuliani to be his “Chief Cyber Security Strategist” in 2016.
Cybersecurity ahead of the 2020 games will also be critically important, not just because the country is surrounded by APT’s in China, Russia and North Korea, whom all consider Japan more of an enemy than an ally, but also because the 2020 games is set to unveil/debut the worlds first biometric currency exchange. Meaning that people whom attend the games will be allowed to buy, sell and carry out transactions using nothing more than their own fingerprints – something never before seen. Among other things, besides attempting to be revolutionary and push the envelope, Japans biometric currency system will be established in an attempt to cut down on all the theft, robbery and crime that plagued tourists during the 2016 Olympic games in Basil.
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