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Japan’s Quantum Strategic Industry Alliance for Revolution (Q-STAR) is Established to Promote Quantum Technologies

By IQT News posted 03 Sep 2021

(HPC.Wire) The Founders’ Association of the Council for New Industry Creation through Quantum Technology was formed on May 31, 2021, to advance preparations for establishing an industry council to promote initiatives in quantum technologies. September 1, the 24 companies of the association, at their general meeting, formally established the council under a new name, the Quantum Strategic Industry Alliance for Revolution: Q-STAR.
Q-STAR will invite the participation of diverse industries that support its objectives and initiatives, and will collaborate with industry, academia, and government in promoting initiatives that apply new technologies, and establishing related technology platforms. Q-STAR’s concerns include reassessments of basic principles and laws related to quantum technology, carrying out surveys and making recommendations on its applicability and on necessary industrial structures, systems, rules, etc. Q-STAR will also aim to establish a globally recognized platform that will promote collaboration with other organizations around the world working in quantum technology.

Steering Committee Members:
Satoshi Tsunakawa, Representative Executive Officer, President and CEO, Toshiba Corporation (Chair)
Takeshi Uchiyamada, Representative Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Toyota Motor Corporation
Nobuhiro Endo, Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation (Vice-Chair)
Hiromichi Shinohara, Chairman of the Board, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (Vice-Chair)
Toshiaki Higashihara, Director, Representative Executive Officer, Executive Chairman & CEO, Hitachi, Ltd. (Vice-Chair)
Takahito Tokita, Representative Director, CEO and CDXO, Fujitsu Limited (Vice-Chair)
Masayuki Waga, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Vice-Chair)

Main activities of Q-STAR:
Investigate and research trends in quantum technology.
Investigate and research general trends in quantum technology, and share information among top management within industry.
Investigate, research, and propose industrial applications of quantum technology.
Investigate and research applicability in multiple fields.
Investigate and examine quantum-related technologies.
Investigate, examine and share information on materials and devices required for quantum technology.
Investigate, plan, and make proposals for required human resources.
Investigate, plan, make proposals and exchange opinions on how to develop the human resources needed to make full use of quantum technology.
Investigate and examine systems and rules.
Investigate and examine necessary information on intellectual property and standardization, ethics and trust required for the implementation of quantum technology.
Collaborate with quantum-related organizations in Japan and overseas.
Cooperate with other organizations, both domestic and overseas, working in quantum-related areas, in order to promote Q-STAR’s objectives.
Others: Raise public awareness, make policy recommendations, etc.

Members of Q-STAR: 24 companies (random order):

ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC)
SBS Holdings, Inc.
Canon Inc.
JSR Corporation
Sumitomo Corporation
SOMPO Holdings, Inc.
Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Ltd.
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
Chodai Co., Ltd.
Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc.
Toshiba Corporation
Toppan Inc.
Toyota Motor Corporation
NEC Corporation
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Hitachi, Ltd.
Fujitsu Limited
Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Ltd.
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

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