While the enlightened folks (http://www.enlightenedperl.org/) are working steadily towards their goal in the Western world, us folks in the Far East have something of our own that's being cooked up by the community.... and so here I am, pre-announcing the Japan Perl Association.
We're essentially a bunch of folks that want to make sure people know Perl Is Good For Your Business. Like chromatic said (http://www.modernperlbooks.com/mt/2009/01/why-modern-perl.html), we're in 2009, not 1999. But a lot of people, including some major businesses are branding Perl as un-manageable. Those of us who decided to follow the Good Practices know that this isn't true: We know that Perl can be an excellent tool to build large, complex systems and still be extremely easy to manage. But have we done enough to promote Good Perl?
JPA will focus on those issues in Japan. Of course, if EPO can do it for us, that's good too, but there's always the language barrier. So JPA will (in Japanese
Oh, and all this isn't just talk: JPA has already been incorporated. Yes, we have an identity already! We've managed to gather officers from some major Japanese IT players. We're currently discussing funding, targeting the coming fiscal year (Japan's fiscal year traditionally starts on April), and planning some activities for April and May.
We haven't yet come up with a website. We'll be getting one pretty soon-ish.
Also, you should know that, among other things, we will be running YAPC::Asia Tokyo (http://yapc.asia/) from this year on. In 2008, we had a whopping 570 registered users. This year we want to extend this to somewhere around 700.
Also, we're planning to host YAPC::Asia Tokyo some where around September this year, mainly due to the transition of hands. Haven't been to Japan yet? We'll be waiting this autumn!
That's it for now. We'll have more details soon. Please contact me (lestrrat @ twitter, or dmaki on CPAN) if you have any questions.