[openstack-dev] Rescinding the M name decision

Masanori Itoh masanori.itoh at gmail.com
Thu Jul 9 05:11:10 UTC 2015

Hello community,

| If anyone has concerns about any of these potential choices,
| please raise them now.

As one of common Japanese, I would like to express my personal opinion
related to *the concern* raised recently.

1. Names that remind particular companies

  I don't write concrete company names here, but the following names
remind us (for Japanese, at least) very particular company names.
This is because there are usually HQs or famous facilities of those companies.

  - Mita
  - Mitaka
  - Musashino
  - Meguro

2. Trademarks / Exact (major) company name

 -  Mizuho is one of the 3 mega-banks in Japan.

3. Historical concerns

 The below is some information that could raise similar argument.

  - War ship names
     During the WW2, there were several war ships with names:
     - Musashi
     - Mizuho

  - War related places
    - Mitaka
        In those days, there was a large aircraft factory that
produced including Zero fighter.

  - Potential concern
    - Marunouchi
      'Marunouchi' has a close relationship with the Imperial Palace.

  In the above, although I did my best, I might have missed some more things.
  But, anyway, I have no choice other than stating the above publicly
  in order to prove that I didn't intentionally hide anything .

Best regards,

On Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 11:40 PM, Monty Taylor <mordred at inaugust.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone!
> In light of issues raised concerning the initially selected name for the
> M release (Meiji), that name will not be used.
> It turns out fully open community and fully inclusive collaboration is a
> hard thing to get right. On the one hand, we do not want to exclude
> anyone's input or contribution. On the other hand, we do not want the
> result of that openness to result in effective exclusion or seeming
> persecution of a minority group.
> We tried very hard with this naming election to ensure that everyone was
> able to participate in nominations, and that everyone was able to
> participate in elections without the sense that someone had arbitrarily
> limited anyone else's contribution unduly.
> There are ways in which this was successful and ways in which is was
> not. Clearly the cultural and historical connotations of this choice are
> an area where the democratic process did not serve us, and I expect us
> to circle back and do work to figure out how to do better in our next
> iteration.
> The foundation team is doing legal due diligence on the next set of
> names in the list below (#4-6) and we expect to have an update within a
> week. If anyone has concerns about any of these potential choices,
> please raise them now.
> 1. Mita (三田)  (Condorcet winner: wins contests with all other choices)
> 2. Minato (港)  loses to Mita (三田) by 954–913
> 3. Meiji (明治)  loses to Mita (三田) by 1034–873, loses to Minato (港)
> by 1052–879
> 4. Mitaka (三鷹)  loses to Mita (三田) by 1094–702, loses to Meiji (明
> 治) by 1012–870
> 5. Musashi (武蔵)  loses to Mita (三田) by 1093–829, loses to Mitaka (三
> 鷹) by 971–892
> 6. Meguro (目黒)  loses to Mita (三田) by 1137–690, loses to Musashi (武
> 蔵) by 958–872
> 7. Minami (みなみ)  loses to Mita (三田) by 1183–621, loses to Meguro
> (目黒) by 858–857
> 8. Mejiro (目白)  loses to Mita (三田) by 1294–485, loses to Minami (み
> なみ) by 990–658
> 9. Mizuho (瑞穂)  loses to Mita (三田) by 1338–421, loses to Mejiro (目
> 白) by 905–625
> 10. Musashino (武蔵野)  loses to Mita (三田) by 1472–305, loses to
> Mizuho (瑞穂) by 1034–456
> 11. Marunouchi (丸の内)  loses to Mita (三田) by 1505–275, loses to
> Musashino (武蔵野) by 931–481
> Monty
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