Launch of Quantum Partnership between UTokyo-UChicago-IBM, and UTokyo-UChicago-Google

UTokyo has agreed to two partnerships for the development of quantum technology research with UChicago & IBM, and UChicago & Google. The signing ceremony was held in Hiroshima, Japan, on May 21, on the occasion G7 Summit, in the presence of President Teruo Fujii of UTokyo, President Paul Alivisatos of UChicago, Dr. Krishna, Chairman and CEO of IBM, and Dr. Hartmut Neven, VP Engineering, Quantum AI of Google.

The signing ceremony began with opening remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation in Education between U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Japanese Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Keiko Nagaoka, confirming the two countries’ commitment to strengthening cooperation in the field of education.

Alongside the signing of the Memorandum, the signing of partnerships was also held between UTokyo-UChicago-IBM and UTokyo-UChicago-Google in the quantum field, and Micron Technology, Tokyo Electron, and 11 U.S. and Japanese universities to collaborate on semiconductor research and development.

Participants enjoyed discussing the future of the partnership after the signing ceremony.

We are pleased to quote the words of Mr. Takeshi Komoto (Advisory Committee member of Friends of UTokyo and the Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google Japan in Tokyo) below:

“Quantum computing has the potential to dramatically advance scientific and technological research and solve the problems facing humankind in areas such as medicine that have so far been unsolvable. I am very pleased that the University of Tokyo, the University of Chicago, and Google have partnered to create a new global stage where researchers and students of our alma mater can further develop and demonstrate their abilities. I hope that the University of Tokyo will continue to lead the world in quantum computing research.”