February 21, 2014

fy2013 closing

photoThanks to you all, happy to report we could close our financial year 2013 (Jan-Dec) in black ink, following increased turnover and profits.  Thank you all for your patronage. Big hand also to our team, let’s rock & roll together also in 2014!

お陰様で、前期(2013年1月~12月)も無事に増収増益(売上前年比: +19%; 利益前年比: +136%)で決算が出来ました。皆様に感謝申し上げます。本年度も宜しくお願い致します。弊社のスタッフにもhi-5!  #akonikk

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January 29, 2014

mens sana in corpore sano

runkeeperour team members are not only fast working, they are also pretty fast when commuting to the office.

the rumor though goes that their time from leaving the office to home after work is seemingly even faster. when a beer stop is involved on the way home, time is even faster 🙂

January 24, 2014

time for akoni to makeleaps

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A new year also means new resolutions for the company and given our, luckily and annually, increasing volume of business, we have decided to make(a)leap to the paid online and cloud-based price quote, delivery note and invoicing system of the Japanese company Webnet IT Corporation’s service MakeLeaps, based in Kami-Meguro. Their facebook advertisement strategy surely worked.

Established in 2003 and managed by the long-term foreign residents Jason Winder and Paul Oswald, it gives us the possibility to issue documents both in English and in Japanese and in multi-currencies. The standard/professional layout templates surely have room for improvement but the back-office system seems to be solid, otherwise, you can not service +12,000 companies, including Peatix and GinzaMetrics. Having depended too long on MS Excel (guess I am the one to blame…mea culpa, mea maxima culpa) for our invoicing, we finally made the jump since the beginning of 2014. So if our future invoices look slightly different as what you were used to, you know why now 🙂 and we can now tick off one of our resolutions!

January 7, 2014

happy 5th birthday akoni!

logo7 january 2009-2014: with a big thanks to all our Linkedin staff (present and past), our Facebook clients, our Twitter vendors and Google everyone who crossed our Poken Foursquare Path during this adventure! we could not have done it without you guys. up to 10 years! arigato gozaimashita #akonikk www.akoni.eu

January 1, 2014

a happy new horse year 2014 from the akoni team!

20131231_NY2014_akk 各位、

今年も色々お世話になり、誠にありがとうございました。来年も宜しくお願い致します。アコニ一同より。

今後とも宜しくお願い致します。

Dear All,

Thanks for your support in 2013! Best wishes for 2014 and looking forward to seeing each other and working again together.

with our best regards from the complete Akoni team

August 21, 2013

welcome…

akoni_logoWhen I was a kid, I made a vow not to run my business like my father (with all respect, RIP) as he made aluminum sash windows and the windows in our own house were wooden sashes.

40+ years later now, I am worse than my dad 🙁 being an IT firm with a lousy and unclear website….BUT this is past since now, enjoy our revamped website with concise corporate site and fun stuff on our blog at blog.akoni.eu.

Thanks team for pulling this together,

your humble Cheap Executive Officer

July 14, 2013

why akoni?

empowering japan 

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  • empowering IT Solutions
  • empowering Social Media
  • empowering Business Development

building a strong presence in Japan

Akoni is built around an international team with passion and deep understanding of both Japanese and Western business and culture. With a broad base of clients that spreads from blue chip companies to start-ups, we help you create a solid network with local businesses in Japan. Approach and relationship matters.

In many regards Japan can be quite different from any other market. We work hard to make your products and services successful here. We look at your product and find the best positioning for it in a competitive market that rewards quality of service and reliability. Tailoring IT and marketing solutions for your business.

start quickly, move fast … according to your needs

We take your brand by hand from its first steps in Japan. With bilingual marketing, distribution and media planning services accompanied by IT, software and design localization intelligence. With Akoni you have direct access to a wide array of IT, Marketing and Promotional services in Japan.

Our incremental business entry plan makes it easy to focus on exactly what you are looking for, either if you are a world wide brand or a small start-up willing to rock in Japan, still the indisputable capital of Asia.

keep growing

We offer support along the way, always on the lookout for opportunities to keep your business growing day after day. Imagine discovering new connections and media exposure opportunities also after your project is rolled out.

Akoni is one of the first official and certified Facebook Small and Medium Business (SMB) Facebook Advertisement Resellers in Japan. Akoni is also an associate member of the European Business Council (EBC) in Tokyo.

July 13, 2013

where akoni?

Akoni KK [Tokyo HQ] 

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Akoni KK [Brussels Office] 

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Fun pictures about our new office warming party in Tokyo on Wednesday 29 February 2012 can be found hereakoni_logo

June 14, 2013

executives

Rob Van Nylen: Co-Founder / CEO Akoni KK, Managing Director JCS

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Certified Export Advisor to Japan and living and working in Japan for almost 20 years. Proven track record of helping global companies succeed in the Japanese market within the agreed time frame and budget. Rob speaks fluently Japanese, English, Dutch and a mouthful of French. He is also the founder of JCS in 1996, Akoni’s major shareholder.
During his JCS and Akoni time, Rob worked with a wide range of clients like Adobe Japan, AVG (fka TuneUp Utilities GmbH), Belgian Beer Weekend TokyoBelgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce JapanBMW-Mini JapanCardno-Emerging Markets (Brussels Office), Delegation of the European Union to JapanDeloitte Consulting, Dentsu, DNPEmbassy of the Netherlands in Japan, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (Brussels Office), Eurochambres, Euro-Japan Consulting LtdFrisk JapanFrontage, Goodman (fka Eurinpro), KDDI Web Communications, Mie ProjectNeuhaus, Pidy, Poken SARoyal Belgian Football Association (KBVB), Softbank MobileTessenderlo Chemie, TrainspotUmicore Japan, Uplace SA and Witan Associates …

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When offline, enjoys soccer, music, patriotic Belgian beer and quality family time.

Peter Van der Weeen: Co-Founder / CTO Akoni KK

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  • Masters degree in Electrical Engineering Telecommunications, Software Development, Brussels, 1995
  • Masters degree in Industrial Management (Business Administration), Catholic University of Leuven, 1996

Living and working in Japan since 1996, returned to Belgium in 2012, heading up the Akoni KK Brussels Office. Peter is fluent in Japanese, English, Dutch (and some French). Actively supporting local tech community, NinJava Developer meetings, Tokyo Cloud Developer meetings.

  • 15+ years of progressive IT experience
  • Nike: 1995-1996, decision support system (logistics)
  • Pioneer: 1996-2000, car navigation systems
  • Cerego: 2000-2008 and 2010-2012, learning science (iknow.jp)
  • Akoni KK: co-founder/CTO since 2009

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Besides his laptops and cloud servers, Peter enjoys being the active BBQ Chief Chef, traveling and family time