Past activities(before April, 2013)

Purpose of establishment


Open Source Software such as Linux has been developing on introduction to information systems and application in embedded systems at enterprises and universities. However it is indicated that OSS still has some technical and system problems.


The Japan OSS Promotion Forum (Chairman : Satoshi Kurishima  Representive Director & Executive Vice President, NTT Data Corporation) applies new software paradigms of OSS and strengthens competitiveness of Japan with respect for competition and collaboration among companies and cooperation with communities.These activities aim to realize 'prevention of monopoly and expanding choices', 'promotion of technology innovation', 'human resource development'.


The Japan OSS Promotion Forum works together with the China OSS Promotion Union and the Korea OSS Promotion Forum to form the Northeast Asia OSS Promotion Forum for the purpose of collaborating with private enterprises, research institutes, and educational organizations in China and Korea. The activities of the Northeast Asia OSS Promotion Forum are harmonized with the government level collaboration between Japan, China, and Korea.


 Abstract of Organization

With participation from venders, users, and academic experts of information systems in Japan, an effort is underway to solve problems in utilizing OSS by freely discussing these problems.

The Japan OSS Promotion Forum is composed of Executive and Advisory Board, Steering Committee, 4 Sub Committee and 4 WG. Executive and Advisory Board is formed by leaders of various companies and in the center of the forum. And Steering Committee is supporting Executive and Advisory Board. Steering Committee supervises 4 Sub Committees such as Cloud Computing Sub Committee, Client Sub Committee, Application Sub Committee and Embedded System Sub and 4WG such as WG1 (technology development and assessment), WG2 (human resource development), WG3 (study on standardization and certification) and WG4 (application  promotion)   as well as Planning team. Each Sub Committee researches and endeavors to promote OSS in each field.

(March 19th, 2013)



Satoshi Kurishima (Representive Director & Executive Vice President, NTT Data Corporation).


Executive Board

Kaichiro Sakuma (Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.).

Hideyuki Saso (Corporate Senior Executive Vice President and Representative Director, Fujitsu Limited)

Kaoru Yano (Chairman of the Board, NEC Corporation)

Kunio Ishihara (Chairman of Japan Users Association of Information Systems(JUAS))


Advisory Board

Jun Okubo (Director of Database Technology, Product Strategy Business Unit, Oracle Corporation Japan)

Toru Kashima (President and CEO of SRA Holdings, Inc.)

Hiroyuki Kawaguchi(President & CEO of Fujitsu Social Science Laboratory Limited)

Nobuo Kita(CEO of Sios Technology, Inc.)

Tosiyasu L Kunii (Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo)

Hiroaki Kubota (Executive officer of Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd)

Satoshi Sekiguchi (Deputy Director General of Information Technology Research Institute(AIST))

Ryoji Chubachi (Vice Chairman of the Board, Sony Corporation)

Hideyuki Tokuda (Dean,Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University)

Gen Narui (Chairman of LPI-Japan)

Yuji Nakata (Executive Director of Information-Technology Promotion Agency (IPA))

Yuji Hirokawa (President and Representative Director of Red Hat K.K.)

Noriaki Fukuyasu (Director of Linux Foundation Japan)

Tsuyoshi Hoshina (Chief Technology Officer of Nihon Unisys, Ltd.)

Yoshiyuki Miyabe (Managing Director, Member of the Board, Panasonic Corporation))

Toru Yoshida (Director & Executive Vice President of NS Solutions Corporation)


Steering Committee

Chairman of Steering Committee : Masatoshi Yoshida (FUJITSU, Ltd.)

Project Manager of Cloud Computing Sub Committee : Seiji Yamasuga (NEC Corp.)

Project Manager of Client Sub Committee : Ichiro Osawa (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)

Project Manager of Application Sub Committee : Masatoshi Yoshida (FUJITSU, Ltd.)

Project Manager of Embedded System Sub Committee : Satoru Ueda (Sony Corp.)

Project Manager of WG1 : Tomomi Suzuki (Hitachi Ltd.)

Project Manager of WG2 : Hiroshi Miura (NTT Data Corp.)

Project Manager of WG3 : Koutaro Noyama (Fujitsu Ltd.)

Project Manager of WG4 : Kazuhiro Oki (NEC Corp.)

*To Contact the Japan OSS Promotion Forum

OSS Promotion Forum Secretariat in International Development Center of Japan (IDCJ)