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Japan quantum computer debut sets off scramble for tech breakthroughs

Machine has potential to revolutionize finance, EVs and drugs

The government-backed Riken research institute worked with companies like Fujitsu on the new quantum computer. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO -- With Japan's first homegrown quantum computer debuting for access for research Monday, companies are racing to find applications that could lead to breakthroughs in such fields as automobiles, finance, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Japan's Riken research institute began granting outside users access via the cloud. "There is no end to problems that humanity wants to solve," said Yasunobu Nakamura, director of the Riken Center for Quantum Computing.

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