Our first stop is over at the awesome http://www.kbdbabel.org/conn/index.html where the nice author has documented the pinout of the keyboard. This is great because we won't accidentally smash the electronics with the wrong voltage. Also, it gives us a hint of how to talk to it. Power and ground at 5V are nice, easy to work with voltages. There's an RX and TX pin so at least we don't have to deal with a bi-directional or differential signal (whew).
Ideally, we'd have a NeXT that we could plug the keyboard into and 'sniff' the traffic, that is the easiest way to do it. Unfortunately, we don't have one. We were in crisis! But then we kept searching and looking around (btw, searching for "next keyboard" is not a very efficient way to locate this brand of keyboard!) and we lucked out when we found a Japanese website of serious keyboard enthusiast http://m0115.web.fc2.com/ Its using frames so we weren't too optimistic we'd find a github repo, but after a lot of clicking we found the holy grail of NeXT timing information:
The only thing remaining was the scancode table. By this point I was 5 hours into this project and getting a little tired, when I realized that any operating system written for NeXT would have this all written up for me. In fact, there was an NetBSD port to NeXT and all the keyboard mapping data was there for me!