September 22, 2014

give and take


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.

July 30, 2014

nous parlons aussi francais a akoni (pardon our french)

ajmconseilgiven 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 🙂

June 30, 2014

rightsmith ‘smiths’ rights, akoni ‘smiths’ responsive user interfaces


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

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 🙂

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

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!


September 24, 2013

yokohama athletic & country club

276607_141806792558211_1387539201_nRecently, Akoni was commissioned to freshen up, redesign and re-engineer the English website of the historical Yokohama Athletic & Country Club, on the beautiful mountain settings at Yaguchidai in Yokohama, which offers excellent sport facilities to the foreign community in Kanto region since 1868.

Akoni reviewed the member login area, while empowering easy online registration and online real-time booking functions for the club’s facilities in the new design, a work meticulously implemented with their communication manager and our team members Niki and Peter. The new webdesign in some sample screenshots, as can be seen below, enables automatic multi-device recognition through responsive design, going from smartphone over tablet to PC and has seamlessly integrated social media widgets on board. The new site went live overnight mid September 2013. This site also is a good proof that a lot can be done by our team, even with a very limited available budget and with tight deadlines, when the work in process is closely and pro-actively managed together with the client.

Stay tuned as a Japanese version will be added in due time as well. Their frequently updated facebook page, with event announcements (detailed event overview also available online here), can be found here and liked at:

More information about YC/AC can be found here:

ycac_new ycaccalendar ycacfacilities ycacbookings

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.
August 18, 2011

eu delegation to japan

euijbanner (1 June 2012~)
  • Official Japanese/English language website for the EU Delegation to Japan euij
  • Migration from XOOPS into WordPress cms
  • 10,000 pages live, 100% server uptime
  • Cumulative visits of +260,000 and page views +600,000 within 1 year of management
  • Akoni is managing the hosting and maintenance, including daily content updates, since June 2012
  • Website redesign project launched September 2012 (live in December 2012)
  • Social Media friendly design (increased social media followers) and external website integration (EUMAG)
  • Redesign and implementation html weekly newsbulletin via Blaynmail backoffice and API
euijroadshow_e (14 May – 9 June 2012)
  • Official Japanese/English language website for the EU bus tour promotion of Europe in Japan for trainspot kk
  • Akoni took care of the interactive web design with real time online mapping of the GPS location of the bus
  • Daily about 5 picture uploads in real time by the bus staff via smartphones
  • One daily blog article in Japanese and English by the bus staff
  • We also managed the daily promotion of the bus stops and events through all social media channels (1 September 2011~)

  • Official Japanese language, branded social media landing pageeuijcom
  • Includes social widgets and plugins
  • Automatically updated with RSS and Facebook updates
  • Features also automatically the latest EUinJapan video
  • #euinjapan official hashtag
  • customized short URL via
fbeuij  (1 September 2011~)
  • Official Japanese language facebook page for the EU Delegation to Japan
  • Including digital event management, photo and video management  and livestream functionality
  • Daily news updates, including sharing from 28 Member States
  • +4,300 likes (July 2013)
  • +700 check-ins at the new Europa House in Minami-Azabu
  • Seamless integration with facebook advertisment  (1 September 2011~)

  • Official Japanese language twitter channel for the EU Delegation to Japan twitter
  • +1,400 tweets, daily news updates including RT’s from 28 Member States
  • +2,200 followers (July 2013)
  • #euinjapan is the official hashtag
  • Official Japanese language YouTube channel for the EU Delegation to Japan
  • 40 videos, +5,000 views since launch
  • Other official Social Media channels created and managed by Akoni on behalf for the EU Delegation to Japan

(c) EU Delegation to Japan – 2011/2013

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 🙂