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Japan Inc. looks to make a quantum leap in computing

NEC eyes commercial products early in 2020s, catching up with Canadians

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone opened free access to its quantum computing platform prototype last year.

TOKYO -- Japanese electronics companies such as NEC and Fujitsu are setting their sights on developing quantum computing, hoping to bring practical applications to the market early in the next decade.

This technology employs quantum-mechanical properties of particles such as electrons to derive virtually instantaneous solutions to problems that would require conventional supercomputers thousands of years to solve. Advances in this field would create new value in areas such as DNA analysis and self-driving vehicles.

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