In October, 2012, I got a chance to hear from two ex-members of Commodore Japan, Mr. Ieda who had taken charge of working of manuals and Mr. N [alias] who had taken charge of designing machines, due to amazing coincidence. Both still remember the time that Commodore Japan, Japanese arm of Commodore International, was developing and manufacturing Commodore 64 and its successors. Firstly, when hearing they had been around 30 years old at that time of entering the company, I heaved a heavy sigh of wonderment.
This article is a reconstruction of the story I heard from the two at that time, referring to Brian Bagnall’s Commodore: A Company on the Edge published in 2010 with thinking back on the night. The voluminous book traces the history of Commodore company from the foundation to the year 1984. Though the author is young person born in 1972, he made the original of the book titled On the Edge: the Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore public, as early as 2005 and then have led the study on Commodore. I also mention that another book titled Programming Lego Mindstorms with Java by Bagnall is translated into Japanese from CQ Publishing.
In addition to this, I consulted the mail interview with Miachael Tomczyk called “What was Japan for Commodore?,” which had been conducted by hally and published at VORC in 2003, both prior to and after the talk. Tomczyk was an assistant to Jack Tramiel at Commodore International.
I am a late Commodore newbie who found out about it via the music which the machine has played and the SID chip in it, but nevertheless, Mr. Ieda and Mr. N responded to my precarious words in a courteous way the whole time. I just acknowledge Messrs. Ieda and N for their great favor and tolerance.
I hope this article becomes a contribution of a record on “Commodore in Japan.”