I have joined Mozilla Japan

If you’ve been reading my blog this year, you may have noticed that I’ve been blogging a lot more about Firefox recently.

That’s because I’ve joined Mozilla Japan to help with marketing and business development in Japan. I’m also helping with business development in other Asian markets as well.

Our challenge at Mozilla Japan is to raise awareness and the user base of Firefox in Japan. It’s a big challenge for many reasons but it is a worthy challenge. Japanese users do not know that there are options for web browsers beyond IE and it is my job to help change that.

Web browsers are quickly becoming one of the most important applications on any personal computer and it is a shame that the company in Redmond has waited for over 5 years to update their product which has been filled with security holes and numerous other concerns. In fact it is only after Firefox was launched and began to take away market share that the company in Redmond decided to act. Competition is healthy and important in any market, web browsers included.

If you have any ideas for us on how to raise the awareness of Firefox in Japan or how to raise the user base of Firefox in Japan, please feel free to get in touch and I’ll be sure to consider any ideas. We are excited to work with new partners in Japan.

We’ll be launching a number of new efforts in Japan to raise awareness of Firefox in Japan and I’ll be tracking those in various places in addition to my blog.

Please join me in promoting Firefox in Japan. Please recommend Firefox to your friends.

15 Comments on “I have joined Mozilla Japan

  1. Congratulations.
    Do I detect a slight effort to do some keyword-and-link-loading of this post for search engines? Nothing wrong with that, in fact, it is your job!

  2. I have been experimenting with IE7 after the past couple of years on Mozilla. You certainly are right about Mozilla forcing Microsoft to lift its game!
    But with the ability to add-in stuff like Scrapbook, Hyperwords and so on, Mozilla is still clearly streets ahead.

  3. Congrats Gen.. Mozilla have just hired themselves a true asset to any organisation.
    I have been a happy Firefox user for a while. Left Safari as there were too many long time bugs and new ones arriving all the time.
    At first I was having trouble inputting Japanese directly into search fields using Firefox but an update or two solved that issue.

  4. Congrats Gen, and welcome on board! We, at Mozilla Europe, wish a lot of success to our good friends at Mozilla Japan.

  5. Congratulations!
    Just downloaded it…switched from Safari.
    I’ll be sure to let all my colleagues and friends know 🙂

  6. Congratulations!
    Just downloaded it…switched from Safari.
    I’ll be sure to let all my colleagues and friends know 🙂

  7. Gen’s a corporate shill! Gen’s a corporate shill! I see that advertisement. Now I know that I will no longer be able to use kanai.net for unbiased information and ideas, knowing full well that everything Gen puts up here will be colored by his newfound adoration for his current employer! Outrageous!

  8. Here’s something I got in the mail for you to chew on, a complaint from a user passed along by the client, regarding the backward (VERY backward) browser compatibility of a site I made last year for a group bidding to host a convention:
    The XXXX Congress bid site has quite a lot of stuff that is not translating using my standard browser Netscape 4.7. It may be important to make this more accessible in the very near future, since people are beginning to look at the bids. I note that it works perfectly with Internet Explorer (2002 version) but not everyone will have this.
    OO OO.
    Yeah, not everyone has upgraded from a fucking 1997 browser to a 2002 browser. This was after they insisted against my advice to use stupid “dhtml” pop-up menus, which was what the complaint was about. Also, the third-party company that handles on-line registration for such conferences requires users to register with either Netscape or IE. If I didn’t need these to make and test websites, I wouldn’t even have these browsers on my computer.

  9. Gen,
    u gotta go the underground route. How about Mozilla covertly hire Japan’s top graffiti artists and bomb the shit out of Shibuya, Harajuku, Omotesando, and Roppongi Hills 🙂
    But since we’re discussing it here publicly, it won’t be so covert.
    I just downloaded IE7, and writing this comment in it. Starting to like it. Better watch out.