• Mr Yoshitaka Sakurada, in Parliament on Wednesday, also appeared confused by the concept of a USB drive.
TOKYO • A Japanese Cabinet minister in charge of cyber security has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and by appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive.


  • Above and left: Representatives from several Indonesian kingdoms marching during the opening ceremony of the annual Asean Palaces and Indigenous Peoples festival on Oct 28 in Sumenep. Chairman of the Indonesian Royal Palace Forum, and Sultan of Cireb
More than 20 girls, each decked out in a colourful outfit of yellow, green, red and white, danced gracefully on a sunny day on a street in front of the majestic 255-year-old Great Mosque in Sumenep, a laid-back town on the island of Madura in north-eastern Java.
"Some people brought money belonging to 1MDB to Singapore and many people were paid out of money that was stolen. Singapore took action to arrest them, to charge them and all that, and also to return to us the money that has been stolen. That is cooperation that we appreciate," Malaysia's Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told The Straits Times in an interview.
  • Mr Takashi Kusuda, an employee at the Higashinada sewage treatment plant, in front of a facility that refines city sewage into biogas.
Kobe has Japan's largest biomedical innovation cluster, and also lays claim to being the first in the world to power up several city facilities within an urban area - like sports stadium and a general hospital - using heat and electricity generated solely by hydrogen gas.
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