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Japan group to bring quantum computers to the workplace

IBM, University of Tokyo and partners to develop software for the technology

The consortium, including the University of Tokyo, IBM Japan and Toshiba, wants to focus on areas where Japanese companies can be competitive. (Photo courtesy of IBM Japan)

TOKYO -- Leading Japanese universities and corporations have joined hands with IBM to develop practical quantum computing applications in finance, materials development and the broader business scene.

"I believe that Japan will play an important role in implementing quantum computing technology to society ahead of rest of the world, and that industry-academia-government collaboration is necessary for this," University of Tokyo President Makoto Gonokami said at an online news conference Thursday that unveiled the Quantum Innovation Initiative Consortium.

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