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. At their general meeting on September 1, the 24 companies of the association formally established the council under a new name, the Quantum Strategic Industry Alliance for Revolution: Q-STAR.
The quantum age is now approaching, and expectations are growing worldwide for the realization of safe, secure lifestyles and a better society. Japan aims to position itself as a quantum technology innovation-oriented nation, and to create new industries through services that leverage its strengths in materials, devices, measuring technologies, computers and communications, simulations, and other technologies. Q-STAR will contribute to this with global leadership in the promotion of activities that advance science and technology in this new era, and by promoting Japanese industry and strengthening international competitiveness.
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.
Main activities of Q-STAR include investigate and research trends in quantum technology, propose industrial applications, examine quantum-related technologies, make proposal for required human resources, examine systems and rules, and collaborate with quantum-related organizations in Japan and overseas.
Activities of the subcommittees under Q-STAR will identify areas to investigate in information and communication technology (quantum computing, quantum cryptography, etc.), basic technologies (materials, devices, etc.), important application areas (quantum materials, quantum biology/ medicine, quantum biotechnology, quantum sensors, quantum AI, etc.), human resources, systems, and rules, etc., and establish further subcommittees as necessary.
Steering committee members include Toshiba, Toyota Motor, NEC, NTT, Hitachi, Fujitsu, and Mitsubishi Chemical. Other members include Itochu Techno-Solutions (CTC), SBS Holdings, Canon, JSR, Sumitomo, Sompo Holdings, Dai-ichi Life Insurance, Dai Nippon Printing, Daiwa Securities Group, Chodai, Tokio Marine Holdings, Toppan, Mizuho Financial Group, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Mitsui & Co., and Mitsubishi Electric.