Last November, when Japan's 68-year-old minister for cyber security admitted he had never used a computer and was "not very familiar" with cyber security issues, it was, of course, hilarious.
A few days later, with the world still guffawing, Mr Yoshitaka Sakurada doubled down, declaring that his main job was to perform error-free readings to Parliament of replies written by bureaucrats, before failing to do even that.
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