Japan's national quantum electronics push

September 02, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Japan's national quantum electronics push
24 companies in Japan have formed a de facto national consortium for quantum electronics called Q-Star

The Quantum Strategic Industry Alliance for Revolution (Q-STAR) brings together the major companies in Japan to commercialise a wide range of quantum electronics.

“The quantum age is now approaching and expectations are growing worldwide for the realization of safe, secure lifestyles and a better society. Japan aims to position itself as a quantum technology innovation-oriented nation, and to create new industries through services that leverage its strengths in materials, devices, measuring technologies, computers and communications, simulations and other technologies,” said the group.

The group is chaired by the CEO of Toshiba, which already ha a quantum encryption business based in Cambridge, UK, and also includes senior management from NEC, Toyota, NTT, Hitachi, Fujitsu and Mitsubishi.

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Q-star also aims to establish a globally recognized platform that will promote collaboration with other organizations around the world working in quantum electronics without defining particular technology approaches.

This differs from the European approach which has seen separate projects for a quantum communications network and quantum computing applications.

Other companies in Q-star include Canon, Dai Nippon Printing, Toppan and several finance subsidiaries of the larger Japanese companies which will be key to driving investment in new business areas.

Next: Q-star areas of focus

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