January 23, 2015

Maata Games is hosting a worldwide competition

The Arnhem-based company Maata Games BV, Akoni’s partner since many years, is hosting a worldwide competition about its future online game Erectus™.

The contest revolves around the designing and naming of one of the characters in the game. The winners will be offered a trip to Arnhem, Tokyo or Davao to experience the game’s launch. Maata Games BV will be releasing an online game named Erectus™ in the spring of 2015. The game tells of the dramatic encounter between the Homo sapiens and Homo erectus that happened on earth 130.000 years ago. In the run-up to the game’s release the company will be hosting a worldwide competition, the best drawing and the best name will be chosen and used by Maata Games BV in the Erectus™ game or used as inspiration for editing to create fitting elements in the game.

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You can check out the pre-release version of the game and participate in the contest here.

The full press release in Japanese and English.

February 28, 2014

steganos online shield 365 box sales launch at just myshop at just system

mainheaderhappy to announce that the japanese version of the german public WIFI internet connection protection software steganos online shield 365 went on sales today at the online shop of just systems corporation, famous for the japanese word processing software ichitaro, as of today friday 28 february 2014.

the japanese download version was launched end of september 2013 via japan’s major software download portal site of vector and has gained a strong foothold of users in japan ever since. steganos online shield 365 protects you extensively and continuously while being on the Internet. It locks hackers out reliably and secures you online when you shop, browse or download -356 days a year. the software prevents continuously against attacks against your PC, your data and your online-identity. and all that is possible through just one click of your mouse. by using VPN servers in 10 countries (IP address: japan, usa, uk, singapore, france, suisse, germany, rumania, spain egypt and turkey), japanese users can also enjoy online services like Spotify, Netflix and Pandora, which are not yet available in japan. at the end of the day, only total data encryption of data gives you optimal protection! in october 2013. steganos online shield was awarded the IT security made in Germany award of TeleTrusT.security

the boxed version went on sale with keys for 5 devices with a suggested retail price of 5,980 yen for unlimited usage for 1 year, supporting windows vista, 8, 8 and 8.1 (32/64 bit). official sales partner is Skill Information from Osaka.

big hand to the complete akoni team for pulling together another new milestone for our business in japan!


January 22, 2014

webinar: why japan? opportunities for EU companies

eujc_logoJapan is an extremely important global economic powerhouse, with a GDP valued at 500 trillion yen in 2012. Japan has 47 prefectures, with many of them producing a regional GDP comparable to the national GDP of many European countries.

With a well-educated and long-living population of 127 million Japanese ‘prosumers’ (professional consumers), this gigantic consumption market remains very often an underexplored market for exporting European companies. In particular, authentic and innovative European products and services, with strong Unique Selling Points (USP), are highly appreciated by Japanese consumers.

Japan and the EU have historically been strong business allies. The value of exported goods in 2012 stood at 55.5 billion euros, while imports from Japan stood at 63.8 billion euros that same year. Japan is also the 3rd biggest Foreign Direct Investor in the EU, valued at 9 billion euros in 2012.

At the beginning of 2013, Japan and the EU officially commenced their Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, to be concluded by 2018. Once concluded, experts estimate that Europe’s economy as a whole will grow by 0.6-0.8% and is expected to create 420,000 new jobs. European exports to Japan should receive a growth boost of 30% once the agreement is rolled out. Continue reading

June 25, 2013

eu-japan centre – brussels office

eujc_logoThe Brussels Office of the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, following their spring 2013 public call for market researches about Japan, awarded a big chunk of their call for market studies to the Akoni team. Their decision was mainly based upon the quality of the Akoni proposal but also the long track record of more than a decade, combined with in-depth experience for services delivered to the European Commission’s Export Promotion Programme called EU Gateway to Japan in the past, favored Akoni’s pro-active approach. Akoni also assisted the Centre in their search for finding several other experts in very niche and specific market segments.

This project will feature a brand new English website with practical market and business intelligence for European Enterprises wishing to enter or increase their business volume with Japan. The new site will also include e-learning and online webinar functions in combination with a youtube video archive. Details about this exciting project can be found here: http://www.eu-japan.eu/eu-business-japan


December 13, 2012

tuneup utilities

TuneUp Utilities 2013: Speed Up and Optimize Your PC tuneup_j
  • TuneUp Utilities 2013 boosts PC speed, repairs registry, and extends battery life!
  • Complete optimization software for Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
Akoni has been managing the Japanese market introduction of TuneUp Utilities since 2010
  • Release Candidate (beta test) Campaign  (June 2010)
  • Localization Support & QA Tests (2010, 2011, 2012)
Negotiation of distribution agreements with major players in the Japanese software retail market
  • Launched online sales of TUU2011 (Feb 2011) and following versions
  • Launched boxed version of TUU2013 (Dec 2012) and available now in all major electronics retailers like Yodobashi Camera, Yamada Denki, PC Depot to name only a few
  • Triple recipient of Best Download Award in the Utility Group by Vector
Promotion of TuneUp brand and boost sales
  • Distributing press releases on a regular basis
  • Managing @TuneUpJapan Twitter and Facebook channels
TuneUp Software GmbH was acquired 100% by publicly listed AVG Technologies in August 2011.
March 13, 2009


It all started on a dark snowy winterday end of January 2009, while reading the newspaper on a business trip to Europe, our attention was caught by an article explaining about the suddenly getting popular connection gadget “poken” in The Netherlands.
As we are always hunting and alert for interesting products/services with an unique selling proposition for Japan, we took the liberty to contact poken in Lausanne, Switzerland and the rest is history 🙂