U.S. and Japan Sign Landmark International Quantum Statement

The White House
Office of Science and Technology Policy

December 19, 2019

The United States and the Government of Japan today signed the Tokyo Statement on Quantum Cooperation in support of continued collaboration in research and development to advance quantum information science and technology (QIST) for economic, societal, and security benefits.

The statement encourages increased engagement in QIST through international conferences and events; supports cooperative efforts to prepare the next generation of QIST scientists and engineers; and promotes the sharing of research methodologies, infrastructure, and data.

“The Tokyo Statement on Quantum Cooperation affirms America’s strong science and technology alliance with Japan. Importantly, this is the first international statement to reflect the core pillars of the Joint Committee on the Research Environment, including the importance of safe and productive research environments, promoting integrity and rigor in research, and balancing openness and security,” said Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Earlier this year, OSTP launched the Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE) to address issues related to the safety, security, integrity, and productivity of the American research enterprise.

“Quantum information science and technology continues to be a key research and development priority for the United States. This landmark international statement on quantum demonstrates our commitment to engaging with likeminded nations to advance emerging technology in a way that supports economic prosperity and strengthens national security, underpinned by our shared values,” said Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

The statement caps a series of engagements in Japan over the week, with Dr. Jake Taylor, Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science at OSTP and interim head of the National Quantum Coordination Office, keynoting a quantum cooperation symposium in Kyoto before attending the signing in Tokyo.