On the official Facebook page of the EU in Japan, the trailer was viewed over 6,000 times in a very short timespan thanks to smart facebook advertisement by our team. Please enjoy! #eufilmdays
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.
You can check out the pre-release version of the game and participate in the contest here.
one of the (many) things, i learned from my dad, who also ran his own business, is that business is not only about how you do it but also a lot about who do you know and how you treat them, after getting to know them, quite often based upon a mutually understanding give and take basis. luckily, at akoni we can say that most of our clients have been with us from the early beginning and some even a bit longer as our operations in japan, dating back to 1996 in tokyo.
ever since then, we have been very professionally guided by the team of kyanos tax support, in all our corporate accounting and tax issues, in order to comply with all japanese legal and financial regulations, sometimes even receiving very valuable personal advice on major financial decisions in japan. so it goes without saying, we were very honored and excited when our own tax-accounting firm called upon our team to assist them with a request to create a website that would appeal to potential new overseas customers interested in doing business with japan, written in english.
after some of our usual client hearing sessions, our design team came up with some ideas, of which the one in the left corner of this post, was finally selected. as this website will be a work in process from now on, in close consultation with our client, the basic idea is to provide hot news in regard to japanese tax, accounting and financial regulations that affect business owners with overseas roots. and, last but not least, if you are looking for a small but well-organized and experienced bilingual team for any kind of financial advise in japan, we sincerely recommend you to contact Ms. Nemoto or Ms. Oka of Kyanos Tax & Accounting, conveniently located in Shibuya and who knows, they might return you some give and take business patronage in the future.
he, who is without fault, cast the first stone. sometimes, all of us, write ‘big’ business references on our corporate website(s) and social media channels, but very often, most of the daily work we all do, is small stuff (surely not less important!), mainly evolving around solving day-to-day problems of our clients as we do walk the talk of being a customer centric organization. recently, our client contacted us in regard to changing the vanity URL (/EUryugaku) and name of their facebook page from EUCircle to EU留学 (Study in Europe).
as we all know, facebook, as a platform, is pretty famous for constantly changing and adapting their policies and procedures in regard to any kind of changes and merges related to their pages. so, we sat down with the client, did our initial hearing, started lodging our URL and page name requests and different from some time ago, the URL was changed promptly while the page name took another 2.5 weeks before completion but happy to inform that our requests, in line with the requirements of our customers, were approved and executed as of today. so as for EUCircle, happy reincarnation into EU留学 (Study in Europe)!
given the increased speed in changes of internet technologies nowadays, several clients have been calling upon our services for their online needs. so also ajm conseil from france, a family member of one of our contractual vendors. after a face to face meeting in both tokyo and brussels (and a couple of remote skype calls), we had a good understanding of client needs, allowing our team to also smoothly collaborate with their designer and multi-media provider.
movies explaining client’s consulting services were seamlessly embedded, social media buttons and links were integrated and before we knew it ourselves, we were baptizing a new web baby and popping some champagne bottles, after all the work. regretfully, flexibility and a custom focused approach are just too often forgotten by companies nowadays but remember, happy clients come back and make referrals 🙂
excited to see that, thanks to the hard work of our client’s team members and our social media team, the official page of the Delegation of the European Union to Japan was approved today as verified page by the facebook team. ever since the verified status, the daily growth of qualified and engaged followers has been booming. #euinjapan
mainly updating in japanese, but if interested, please feel free to like and follow us at: https://www.facebook.com/euinjapan
for our longtime friends, we are always willing to run that extra mile and burn the midnight oil, even if the budget is limited. urgent client request for a bilingual website and secure server requirement so we did our normal client hearings and hocus pocus, a couple of weeks later a new web baby was born at www.rightsmith.com.
client created all the bilingual contents, in close cooperation with the akoni team to assure the tight deadline for going live. at the end, client happy and a tired (but satisfied) akoni team 🙂
Japan 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
proud and happy to see that our recently launched Japanese version of Steganos Online Shield 365 software (SOS365) of steganos.jp made it into the nominees of best utility software in 2013 by Vector! A big hand to our team #sos365. Also congratulations to all other nominated software companies. May the best win!
Details in Japanese can be found here.
Good habits are repeated so also this year, we produced a video for our client the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, highlighting their activities and actions of 2013 domestically in Japan. Have a peep here on the official YouTube channel of the EU Delegation.
(c) EU Delegation to Japan 2013