"I am very pleased with this announcement. I encourage all Japanese speaking Community members to become involved with the Forum so it becomes an essential resource for our Native Language Community" said Maho Nakata, the OpenOffice.org Japanese Native-Language Project Lead.
"The OpenOffice.org Users' Community Forum covers the globe, and brings together experts and novices to provide a level of quality support that money literally can't buy," said Drew Jensen, one of the Forum administrators. "People appreciate that the Community has given them this world class software for free. Helping others via the Forum is one way to give something back."
The Mayor said that they can not only cut the cost but also accommodate the long-term preservation of their documents.
"We often met problmes with the latest office software to open and read our documents created in the past. But now we can use the international standard file format, ODF, so that we will be able to use and preserve our documents over many years."
"It happened that our citizens had to buy the office software when they receive documents from the city government."
"ODF, which can be used from the free software, OpenOffice.org, will help reduce the burden on our citizens," he said.