25-member Q-STAR quantum alliance to strengthen Japan’s competitive advantage

25 Japanese companies have joined forces to create a new strategic alliance to collectively advance work in quantum computing.

The Association of Founders of the Council for the Creation of New Industries through Quantum Technology was formed in May to advance preparations for the establishment of an industry council to promote initiatives in quantum technologies. On Wednesday, the companies involved officially created the council under a new name, the Quantum Strategic Industry Alliance for Revolution (Q-STAR).

“The quantum age is now approaching and expectations are rising around the world for the achievement of safe and secure lifestyles and a better society. Japan aims to position itself as a nation focused on innovation in quantum technology and to create new industries through services that capitalize on its strengths. in materials, devices, measurement technologies, computers and communications, simulations and other technologies, ”Fujitsu said in a statement on behalf of the group.

“Q-STAR will contribute to this with global leadership in promoting activities that advance science and technology in this new era, and by promoting Japanese industry and strengthening international competitiveness.

Q-STAR members include Canon, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Mizuho Financial Group, NEC, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation, Toshiba, and Toyota Motor Corporation.

The Steering Committee consists of Toshiba Chairman and CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa as Chairman, Fujitsu and CDXO Chairman and CEO Takahito Tokita, Hitachi Executive Chairman and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara, Chairman- Managing Director of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Masayuki Waga, Chairman of the Board of NEC, Nobuhiro Endo, Nippon Chairman of the Board of Directors Hiromichi Shinohara and Chairman of the Board of Toyota Takeshi Uchiyamada.

They will be responsible for studying and researching trends in quantum technology, as well as proposing industrial applications of the technology in several fields; investigate and examine quantum technologies; make a proposal for the required human resources; examine systems and rules; and collaborate with quantum related organizations in Japan and abroad.

Q-STAR also has sub-committees that will focus on applications of quantum wave theory and quantum probability, applications of quantum superposition, optimization and combinatorial problems, as well as quantum cryptography and quantum communications.

“Q-STAR will invite participation from various industries that support its goals and initiatives, and will work with industry, academia and government to promote initiatives that apply new technologies and establish related technology platforms,” Fujitsu said. .

On Thursday, Fujitsu also announced that its simulated quantum computer is now being used by a major global shipping company to optimize the loading of its cargo ships.

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) introduced Fujitsu’s quantum-inspired digital annealing technology with the goal of streamlining complex stowage planning for car carriers.

“The Digital Annealer will play a role in automating aspects of the tie-down planning process for NYK’s dedicated car carriers, an extremely complex task involving a large number of possible tie-down patterns depending on the number of vehicles. loaded, vehicle models and the number of ports called along the sea route, ”Fujitsu explained.

After successful initial testing, Fujitsu and NYK launched a real-world operational trial of the technology with the goal of starting large-scale operational use in April 2022.


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