In The News : Being Traditional, Cybercrime & Books

The say that prevention is better cure.  Despite that, there’s been astonishment in Japan as their new minister for cyber security has admitted that he’s never used a computer.

Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, is also in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to be hosted by Tokyo in 2020.

“Since the age of 25, I have instructed my employees and secretaries, so I don’t use computers myself,” he said in a response to an opposition question in a lower house session and he also appeared to be confused by USB drives, local media reported.

As silly as it sounds, what, having someone in charge of something they know nothing about, there is a school of thought that this promotes fresh ideas from someone not tainted by prejudice.  And that’s maybe what we’re missing.  If hackers try to take any of Sakurada-san’s information, what are they going to find? Nothing.


I remember, back in the day, when computers first became a thing that we all had, that strange feeling that the encyclopaedias that had long been my main source of information for all school projects were now found on plastic rather than paper.

Last week, a bookshop local to me, Broadhurst’s of Southport, sold a book that it had in stock since May 1991.

The Pitkin children’s biography of William the Conqueror was sold for a mere 99p to a gentlemen looking for books on the Norman conquest for his grandson.  Incidentally, the person who bought the book for the shop in 1991, only identified as Marie, still works at the shop at the age of 84.

I have a feeling that I’ve bought books off Marie, and possibly even picked up that very book many years ago.  I remember the shop, because they used to wrap your purchases in brown paper and string.  It has old shelves filling nooks and crannies.  It is the very essence of a traditional shop.

It highlights that magic of being traditional and doing things a proper old-fashioned way.

I’m still not convinced that that’s what Yoshitaka Sakurada is doing, though.

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