IBM has launched a research partnership with Japanese industry and academia to expedite quantum computing innovations.
The Quantum Innovation Initiative Consortium, which includes Toshiba and Hitachi, will have access to IBM's U.S. quantum computers via the cloud, as well as to the IBM Q System One slated for deployment in Japan next year.
Other members of the consortium, which will be based at the University of Tokyo, include Toyota Motor, as well as Japanese financial institutions and chemical manufacturers.
The partnership aims to boost Japan's quantum skill base and help companies develop quantum computing applications.
"We're trying to build a quantum industry," said IBM Research’s Dario Gil.
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