From Apache OpenOffice Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search



  • Name: Takamichi Akiyama
  • Nickname: Tora
  • E-mail:
  • Occupation: Freelance software engineer


Confident, competent, customer-focused, positive thinking professional. Global perspective based upon team work with diverse colleagues including American, German, French, Irish, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese, and so on. Knowing both American and Japanese cultures by living in Berkeley, CA for several years. Possessing the fundamental knowledge of computer covering from software to electronic circuits with more than 25 year extensive experience in computer technology since the dawn of 8 bit processors.


Internationalization and Localization of Software Development, UNIX Based Systems, Office Suites, System Administration, Network Administration, ISDN, Telecommunication


Freelance Software Engineer (2007 - Current)

Good-day, Inc. - Osaka, Japan (2005 - 2006)

Led a government founded project aiming at enhancing functionality and usability of for Japanese users. The project, this fiscal year, covers conducting a research of user's requirements, prioritizing them, discussing specifications, and visiting engineers in Hamburg, Germany - a main location of development - to share the requirements and specifications, and successfully ended at the end of February, 2007.

Contributed to the Japanese community conducting quality assurance tests, finding bugs and filing them to an issue tracking system, answering to user s queries, giving presentations in software related events, developing web based server sided solution, writing articles for magazines, developing customized, and so on.

Sun Microsystems K.K. - Tokyo, Japan (1999 - 2003)

Subsidiary of Sun Microsystems Inc., California, USA
Technical Advisory

Led a localization engineering team consisting of members in Menlo Park, Hamburg, Dublin, Beijing, and Tokyo and successfully delivered StarSuite 6.0 into the market in 2001, including proposing Asian specific features, writing source codes, conducting quality assurance tests, and reviewing translations. StarSuite, an Asian version of StarOffice, is an office suite application software which can be considered an alternative of Microsoft Office. StarOffice is a product version of, open source software. Moreover, supported marketing and sales for Japanese market and incorporated feedback of customers to bug fixed versions and the next product version.

Administrated development and test environment composed of several file servers, workstations, Windows PCs, and Linux machines.

Accomplished localization and conducted quality assurance tests of SunScreen, a firewall software, with French coworkers, and Java related software applications with US colleagues.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation - Tokyo, Japan (1991 - 1999)

Research Engineer

Researched and developed an innovative software debugging system for Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) exchange system based on my own idea, which dramatically helped software development process and debugging efforts for running systems that served ISDN services over Japan.

Maintained ISDN switching system development environment made up of hundreds of UNIX workstations, file servers, email servers, routers, and firewalls that spread at a number of remote locations.

Launched a Personal Handy Phone (PHS) service, cost effective mobile phone service, being in charge of development, deployment, and support for operators.

Researched and invented new telephone related services for ISDN switching system such as an automatic call transferring service, telephone voting service, and calling with voice recognition.


Project Management, Business Negotiation, and English Language Program, University of California, Berkeley, Extension (2003-2004)

Master of Science in Electronic and Information Engineering (1991)
Graduate School of Technology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo Japan

Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering (1989)
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo Japan


  • Operating Systems: Solaris, SunOS, Linux, Windows 98/ME/2000/NT/XP, MacOS, MS-DOS
  • Programming Languages: C, C++, Perl, yacc, lex, Basic, VBA, Java, JavaScript, PHP, shell scripts, assembler
  • Applications: StarOffice / StarSuite /, Microsoft Office, Apache, Samba, sendmail, emacs, debuggers, CVS, SubVersion, etc.
  • Certifications: Class I Information Technology Engineer, Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan



  • "Migrations in Japan", Conference (OOoCon 2007), Barcelona, Spain, 2007
  • "OpenSource Software - 2.0 -", JavaOne Tokyo 2005, Japan, 2005
  • Annual Symposium of Nihon Sun Users Group, Tokyo, Japan, 2002
  • BSD/Linux Day, Yokohama, Japan, 2002



Fluent in Japanese; Enough to communicate in English

Personal tools