IPA (IT promotion agency Japan) has earlier funded the internationalization of GRASS GIS and Mapserver and it is just that they have been fast it recognizing the good work done by OSGeo and the Japan Local Chapter.
The Japan chapter was established in late 2006 and the local community has been growing steadily and dedicating effort to promoting FOSS4G.
Press release by IPA (in Japanese)
About the award
IPA grants â€œJapanese OSS Contributor Awardâ€ to a developer who has established and has been managing the development project which has the nfluence, to a superior developer who takes an active role in the global projects and to a contributor to spread the Open Source Software. Also IPA grants â€œJapaneseÂ Open Source Software Encouragement Awardâ€ to the individual or the group which has a remarkable activity to develop and/or spread OSS.