The Debian community in Japan is very active. Debian JP (Japanese) is a Japanese organization to promote Debian in Japan, since 1998 (!). There are several Debian developers / maintainers, and they have monthly study parties in Tokyo-area, and Kansai-area.
We, the LibreOffice Tokyo community is much younger than Debian's one (just two years old), but we also have monthly Meetup.
Anyway, as the Debian global project does, Debian JP wants to collaborate on upstream projects like LibreOffice, so we held joint Meetup in 25th October (Thanks Hideki Yamane to offer to do together, and Takahide Nojima to arrange the Meetup), in SQUARE-ENIX's beautiful seminar room. This is 119th (!) meeting of Tokyo Debian, and our third LibreOffice Hackfest.
Group photo by Hideki. Thanks!
Hideki already wrote a nice article to report the good Meetup, so I add a little.
Understanding LibreOffice packaging in Debian is so nice for me as an Ubuntu user. We learned Debian package of LibreOffice has many patches, and had discussed to apply these patches to upstream.
As our Hackfest, I tried my first Easy Hack, since the HackNight of the last LibreOffice conference, Bern (wow, 2 months needed). I couldn't commit a patch at that time, but after a few days later, I finally sent a patch and accepted. It was my first commit to LibreOffice. Yeah!
Others tried to fix a libvisio bug, to translate UI in Pootle, to create a document how to report a problem for Japanese casual users, ... Pretty nice Hackfest we did :)