The Japanese Government Cooperates with 50 Companies to Advance Quantum Technology Research

The Japanese government will cooperate with industry to initiate joint research on quantum technology for information processing and communication. A council involving about 50 companies including Toyota Motor, Toshiba and NEC will be established as early as May. In the field of quantum technology, the United States and China, which are state-led to promote large-scale investment, are leading the world. Japan’s strengths in quantum communication and cryptography are directly related to its superior position in security assurance. The Japanese government and private companies will work together to accelerate their practical application.

  Quantum technology uses quantum mechanics, a special law of physics, to carry out high-speed calculations and communications, which can greatly improve the processing power of computers.

Japan is particularly influential in the field of quantum communication and cryptography. From the perspective of the number of hardware-related patents in this field, Toshiba ranks first in the world, and NEC and NTT are also in the forefront. Related technologies are the elements that constitute a “quantum computer” that cannot steal information and has strong security.

Companies such as Fujitsu, Hitachi, and NTT Group are expected to participate in the conference. There is also a plan to legalize the council in 2022 and a plan to create a fund to participate in investment activities.

Japan occupies an advantageous position in some studies, while China is in the lead in actually promoting the construction of related infrastructure equipment. China has built a 2,000-kilometer quantum cryptographic communication network between Beijing and Shanghai.

The agreement has the purpose of combining the knowledge and experience of Japanese domestic companies to promote practical use, and will become an opportunity for cooperation with other companies to use technology for new products and new services. For the Japanese government, if the information can be concentrated, it will be easier to set up a national strategy. The council also assumes the role of expanding the scope of highly specialized talents.

Japanese companies also have high hopes for cooperation with the government. Fujitsu’s head of quantum computer development, Shintaro Sato, said that “it is difficult for a single company to take comprehensive actions”. Sato emphasized: “Hope is not limited to a certain point, but extensive cooperation between industry, government and schools.”