January 24, 2014

time for akoni to makeleaps


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 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

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!

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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

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: https://www.facebook.com/YCandAC

More information about YC/AC can be found here: http://ycac.jp/

ycac_new ycaccalendar ycacfacilities ycacbookings

August 21, 2013


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