something is happening in Japan (with Firefox)

Back in May, Chris Messina, who used to volunteer with Mozilla, posted a video rant which got a lot of attention. # 3 on the list of constructive criticisms about Mozilla Chris discussed in the video was, “I know something is happening in Japan with Joi Ito… but that’s about all I know about.”

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Well, Chris, what is happening in Japan is a vibrant community around Mozilla Japan and Firefox with over 165 attendees for this past Saturday’s Firefox Developers Conference Summer 2007. In fact, I think we can say that we broke a number of records:

We we honored to have presentations from Mark Finkle, Mike Shaver, Justin Scott, Dan Mills and Basil Hashem in addition to presentations from 25 other members of the Mozilla Japan community.

The Japanese press covered conference including the updates to Firefox 3 including Places and the potential for microformats.

There are a number of comments up already in English:

We also have a lot of comments about the event in Japanese including:

As for photos of the event, there is

A number of people have asked about the streaming video and whether it will be published. We’re evaluating this request based on the additional cost (copyrights) and will report back soon.

I’d like to thank everyone who made this event a success: the vibrant Mozilla Japan community who gathered 160+ strong for an all-day affair, the presenters who spent lots of time and energy preparing for their presentations, the conference staff who worked on the network and video capture and streaming, and finally my colleagues at Mozilla Japan who pulled together to produce a great event. Thank you everyone!

12 Responses to something is happening in Japan (with Firefox)

  1. Congratulations to the entire Japan Mozilla community – it looked like a tremendously well done event. I was able to watch Mike’s presentation last week, and was amazed at the realtime translation.

  2. Wow, well this is great to hear. Thanks for the update and responding to my long video critique… so much has been going on lately in the world web development and browser design that it’s great to see such an outpouring of support in Asia!

  3. kozawa-san, thank you!

  4. Thank you Premier-san!

  5. > chaoticshore-san

    It’s me!
    “Chaotic Shore” is my site’s name.

  6. Stuck in Sugar Land and could really use some help.

  7. Great to hear this. Congratulations to japan mozilla community