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Japan steps up quantum push as U.S. and China forge ahead

Tokyo aims to become independent power in next-generation computing tech

Prototype quantum computing at Japan's Riken research institute. The country now aims to go beyond basic research in the technology. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Japan will revamp its national quantum technology strategy, aiming to become self-sufficient in the area as the U.S. and China continue to make progress on mastering the critical next-generation technology.

The current strategy focuses on basic research by such institutions as universities. Tokyo will now look beyond that and cultivate industry through such measures as support for startups. An expert panel met Monday to start mapping out the changes, which the government aims to approve by June.

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