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.

September 18, 2014

there are no problems, only solutions

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)!


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 🙂

July 10, 2014

facebook page of eu delegation to japan obtained verified page status

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

eu_fb_verifiedmainly updating in japanese, but if interested, please feel free to like and follow us at:

December 28, 2013

2013 highlight movie EU Delegation to Japan

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

October 10, 2013

ustream: the nagayama case – reflections on the death penalty in japan

Nagayama-Internet110 October is the Day against the Death Penalty. On that occasion, the EU is organizing an exhibition and a symposium to offer perspectives into the issue of the death penalty, and promote debate within Japanese society.

In 1968, 19 year-old Norio Nagayama stole a gun at a US military base and used it to kill four strangers. His first sentence, death, was commuted to life in prison by the Tokyo High Court, on the grounds that the failure of the State to save him from poverty was partly responsible for his behaviour. That sentence was however reversed again after the Supreme Court of Japan ordered a retrial, a landmark decision for the Japanese justice system. This decision set a precedent known as the “Nagayama doctrine” which outlines the cases in which prosecutors should seek the Death Penalty.

While in prison, Nagayama had time to self-reflect and starting read and write. He went on to write numerous autobiographical books, which were great commercial successes, deeply impacting the views on the Death penalty. He was executed in 1997.

Akoni broadcasted this unique symposium via ustream, live over the internet, followed by an archived version on YouTube afterwards.

September 26, 2013

sales launch of japanese version of steganos online shield 365


The complete Steganos team in Germany and the Akoni team in Japan are pleased to announce today the official launch the Japanese version of Steganos Online Shield 365 (SOS365J). The new 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 Akoni team created the complete Japanese version in a couple of weeks time, setup the localized Japanese website with blog function, initiated the online sales of SOS365J at Vector, Japan’s biggest software download platform.


Take the bull by the horns as encrypting continuously is the best protection against hackers. Prevent fraud regarding your online-identity and protect your passwords and credit card details. Download SOS365 now and enjoy a safe and secure online life.

Information in Japanese on SOS365, can be found here.

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

May 25, 2013

eu delegation to japan – video services

Following our agreement with the EU Delegation in Japan for management of their official social media channels, Akoni also regularly delivers customized livestream and original video production services of their events held in Japan.

Upon their call, livestream coverage is being made into archived YouTube footage or original short videos are being produced. These productions are all stored on the official YouTube EUinJapan channel and some videos are also made available on the video section of facebook for the general public.

Please find below a short chronological overview of our video works from the past, with the most recent one shown on this page.

17 May 2013: European Higher Education Fair 2013

25 May 2013: Europa House – Open Day

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