IBM and the University of Tokyo have announced a partnership to encourage and promote quantum computing research in Japan. This partnership is similar to one they established with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany last September. Key elements of the program include:

  • IBM will install an IBM Q System One at an IBM facility in Japan. This will be IBM’s first quantum computer installation in Asia and only the second outside of the United States. It will provide students and researchers in Japan with the hands-on opportunity to explore quantum algorithms, applications and software and develop practical applications of quantum computing.
  • IBM and the University of Tokyo will set up a quantum system technology center for development of components and technologies, such as advanced cryogenic and microwave test capabilities, for next generation quantum computers.
  • IBM’s Japan quantum hub which they previously established with Keio University will be expanded to encourage more companies to join and explore the benefits of quantum computing in a variety of industries including finance, chemistry and materials, pharma, automotive manufacturing and logistics.

For more information on this announcement, you can read IBM’s press release here and a related IBM Research blog posting here.

December 19, 2019