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Japan Asia Group Limited Review: Towards Sustainability

Kokusai Kogyo actively contributes toward the realization of our Group Mission: “Save the Earth, Make Communities Green.” 2015 was a landmark year, where the United Nations renewed three international frameworks that relate closely to our Mission and our work. The concepts of disaster risk reduction and resilience building in the Sendai Framework, adopted in March, was mainstreamed into the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in September, as necessary foundations towards sustainable development. The Paris Agreement at COP21 in December saw more than 190 countries agree to cooperate towards reducing global warming.

Working with international organizations

Kokusai Kogyo has been active in delivering private sector views and expertise into the international dialogue, even joining, in the case of the Sendai Framework, discussions at its formative stages. In return, we bring back a deeper understanding of global issues and trends, which we apply to our business activities. Sandra Wu Wen-Hsiu, our Chairperson and CEO, has taken a leading role in our work with the international community, and especially the following three organizations:

UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is the main UN the main United Nation initiative for engagement with the private sector and business

UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

UNISDR strongly promotes disaster risk reduction and resilience through public private collaboration and private sector engagement

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is committed to improving the state of the world and is an international organization for public-private cooperation

Additionally, Kokusai Kogyo assists developing countries implement these international frameworks through our international development consulting operations.

Our Activities

With UN Global Compact (UNGC)

The Global Compact was launched at UN Headquarters in New York on 26 July 2000, and aims to bring about sustainable growth through the responsible, innovative leadership of businesses and other organizations acting as good corporate citizens and voluntarily committing to a universal set of principles.

Kokusai Kogyo joined the Global Compact in 2013, and agreeing to meet fundamental responsibilities in its Four Areas and to adhere to its Ten Principles, and reporting on progress through our Creating Shared Value (CSV) report.

2015, Kokusai Kogyo became signatory to the Caring for Climate initiative, which is jointly convened by the UNGC, the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Cyber-attacks by: hacker group Anonymous on the rise in Japan

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks launched to protest dolphin hunting.

A masked hacker, part of the Anonymous group, hacks the French presidential Elysee Palace website in this 2012 file photo. The group is said to be behind a growing number of attacks in Japan.  (JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO)

Cyber-attacks against targets in Japan, apparently carried out by international hacker group Anonymous, have been increasing since September.

Last autumn, a number of government websites and other sites came under attack.

However, the recent attacks are different from sophisticated cyber-attacks that aim to steal information.

Experts call for people to respond calmly by taking necessary steps in advance without fearing them too much.

Late at night on Sept. 3, the website of the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims became inaccessible.

Shortly after, a group saying it was Anonymous and opposed to dolphin hunting and other issues, posted a statement online claiming responsiblity.

An official at the memorial hall said in bewilderment: “We have nothing to do with dolphin hunting.”

It is believed a series of Anonymous attacks, called Operation Killing Bay, started around 2013 in protest against Japan’s whale hunting and the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, in September.

Last year, to protest against the dolphin hunting in Taiji, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks were launched against government offices websites and infrastructure operators such as airports. DDoS attacks are aimed at rendering websites and other online services unavailable by sending a huge amount of data to the server.

According to police, the number of cyber-attacks Anonymous is believed to be involved in has grown since September. There were no cyber-attack-related website problems from May to August, but 29 incidents were confirmed in September, followed by 26 in October. From Nov. 1 to Nov. 27, there were 53 cases, bringing the total from September to Nov. 27 to 108.

In comparison, incidents ranged between the 10s and 20s each month from September to November last year, but rose to 56 in December.

“Their aim is not to make websites unavailable, but to promote their presence,” said Nobuhiro Tsuji, senior security researcher at SoftBank Technology Corp.

This year, the targets of the attacks have conspicuously been small organizations and shops such as izakaya Japanese pubs, and groups totally unrelated to dolphin hunting.

“The hackers could be different from last year, and their resources could be smaller,” Tsuji said.

When Anonymous started around 2006, it advocated the establishment of the freedom of the Internet and made political appeals through legally permitted activities such as street demonstrations.

Now, Anonymous tends to carry out cyber-attacks with the aid of unknown individuals who respond to invitations on Twitter and other websites.

The website of the Kasumigaura river office of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry came under attack in 2012. Anonymous is believed to have confused Kasumigaura with Tokyo’s bureaucratic district of Kasumigaseki.

Anonymous’ main attack method, DDoS, can be committed without significant expertise. There is almost no way to defend against such attacks. It is a matter of waiting for an attack to cease, although measures have recently been developed to mitigate damage.

“Compared to cyber-attacks aimed at stealing information, DDoS attacks are not so sophisticated. In most cases, the websites attacked went down and that was it,” said Masakatsu Morii, a professor at Kobe University specializing in information and telecommunications engineering.

Some observers point out that such cyber-attack could increase ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Morii said, “It is important that companies and organizations take necessary measures calmly. If they are attacked, they should respond coolly without overreacting.”

Installation & Maintenance Instructions For ‘S’ Series Hot Water Boilers

Pensotti Quality Heating Boilers and Panel Radiators

PNA, Inc. is proud to supply you and our network of dealers with the high quality PENSOTTI Model ‘S’ Cast Iron Boiler throughout the North American marketplace. We are confident that your purchase of the PENSOTTI home comfort package will provide years of efficient, economical, trouble-free operation.

“Quality remains long after the price is forgotten”.

The PENSOTTI ‘S’ boiler is a high efficiency residential heating appliance that provides maximum energy utilization and the highest efficiency, without the maintenance and operations problems and high purchase and installation costs of condensing boilers.

Fuel cost savings can only be achieved by matching the PENSOTTI ‘S’ boiler to the true heat loss of your residence. During the past couple of decades, the trend towards improving wall and ceiling insulation levels and eliminating air infiltration by caulking and weather-stripping, has made most existing heating appliances oversized.

When you purchase a PENSOTTI home comfort system your new appliance will be sized on the basis of the new heat loss calculation. This will ensure that your new PENSOTTI home comfort system will deliver only the amount of heat required to match your actual home’s heating demand. We want to provide you with the maximum comfort level achievable combined with the highest fuel cost savings.

The following are useful bits of information presented under a series of sub-headings.

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (A.F.U.E.)

The A.F.U.E. is a measure of the estimated ability of a heating appliance to extract heat from the fuel, based on a full heating season. The A.F.U.E. increases as the burner on time increases until it reaches ‘steady-state efficiency’. Steady state is the efficiency of the appliance measured when the burner is running. Any time the burner cycles on and off, the A.F.U.E. drops because of “off-cycle” losses. The A.F.U.E. drops most sharply when the heating plant operates between 10 and 30% burner on time. An increase in the percentage of burner on time improves the A.F.U.E.

A General Comment

 The PENSOTTI Model ‘S’ boiler is a high quality, efficient oilfired heating appliance, which must be installed and serviced by a trained and if required licensed service technician. Oilfired installations should be installed in accordance with NFPA31 and NFPA211 when no local code is in effect. Be sure that the installation is according to all National, State and local codes and authorities having jurisdiction over heating, electrical, plumbing and oil burner systems. Read Full Content  (PDF)

Pro Axia Consultants Business Consulting Group in Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, Japan: The great importance of management accounting in decision-making

Every business day, you are meant to encounter a lot of decision-making as a small business owner. One factor that can improve this process for a long period of time is the managerial accounting information that provides data-driven input to those decisions.

Small business managers can help your business become more successful by leveraging this specific tool and understanding how management accounting can benefit common business decision contexts.

In order to achieve relevant cost analysis, management accounting is necessary. Company management is using managerial accounting information to discover what should be sold and how to sell it. Getting hesitant on where to put your marketing efforts as an owner can be an example. Relevant cost analysis involves examining the costs that differ between advertising alternatives for each product made by an accounting manager, which can help evaluate this decision in the end. Basic managerial accounting courses include this technique. Adding product lines or discontinuing operations could also be identified by the same process.

Included in management accounting are activity-based costing techniques. After determining what products to sell, identifying to whom you should sell the products is the next move you have to take. Small business management can define the activities needed to produce and service a product line through activity-based costing techniques. The cost of customers is also included in this information. Understanding which customers are more or less profitable can help business owners aim their advertising towards the consumers who are the most profitable.

Management accounting can also generate make or buy analysis. Delivering information found in manufacturing is considered the main use of managerial accounting information. An example of which is when you’re considering whether or not to make or buy a component needed to manufacture your business’ primary product. You can distinguish which option is more profitable by completing a make or buy analysis. Pro Axia Consultants suggests that as a small business owner, you should only use such analysis as one of the factors in making your decision. Indeed, this method can be helpful but you can find possible non-financial metrics that are considered significant, which were not part of the analysis.

Utilizing data is also possible with management accounting. You can get a data-driven look at how to grow a small business with managerial accounting information. It provides information on how to help the management guide the future of the business through budgeting, financial statement projections or balanced scorecards. Managers can aim for nonstop improvement with decisions that are justifiable made from intelligent analysis of the company data.

Meir Ezra: Financial Expansion Rules

Meir Ezra – Finance is the subject of controlling or handling the money of an organization, country or individual.

Being able to use the laws of finance will ensure you will control money, and therefore, will have money.

While finance is a very important subject, it is a simple subject; and yet most people seem to have a lot of problems with controlling or handling money.

This seminar will teach you the exact technology of controlling your finances – and therefore the result will be financial success.

By learning the rules to viability and prosperity, you will become the cause, and no longer the effect, over your personal and business finances.

Finance has a very exact set of SIMPLE rules that, if followed, you simply can not fail. If you ever failed financially, you violated these rules. And they are so simple!

Learn these rules and follow them and you cannot fail!

Furthermore, this seminar will teach you the truth about wealth; what the most successful entrepreneurs in the world do so as to continually expand; how to be able to buy anything you want; how to control expenditure; how to increase income; how to ensure you and your company never spend more than you make; and how exactly to “make it before you spend it”.

This and much more will be taught in the Financial Expansion seminar.

You need this seminar if:

  • You are worried about money.
  • You don’t have as much money as you’d like.
  • You owe more than you make.
  • Money just seems to be something you need to work hard for.
  • You lost money and don’t seem to be able to recover.
  • And if you have any financial struggle of any kind whatsoever… We will fix it – guaranteed!

Meir Ezra: Negative Emotions Make You Fail

Pete, the new Sales Manager of ABC Autos, was yelling at the salespeople to do better, but with no improvement. The company owner, Mr. Christopher, was getting desperate.

He sat down with the sales manager and said, “Pete, since you took over the Sales Department, our car sales have been going down. You’ve got to quit yelling at the salespeople. Our old sales manager never yelled. Please give it a try.”

Pete said, “Where I come from, you have to yell at the sales people if you want to get sales. Fire me if you want, but I’m gonna yell.”

Mr. Christopher said, “Okay, I don’t care what you do, just get the sales numbers back up this week.”

So Pete held a sales meeting and screamed, “IF YOU DON’T MAKE AT LEAST ONE SALE THIS WEEK, YOU ARE FIRED!”

The sales staff ran out and started calling people on the phone. They said things like, “You HAVE to call me back!” “I know it’s been six months since you were here, but I need to see you.” “Your old car is dangerous; you must come in NOW!”

A couple walked in to browse. Four salespeople charged at them. The couple jumped back, mumbled “No thanks” and headed for the door. Another salesperson was blocked the doorway and said, “Did you find what you were looking for?”

The couple fought their way out the door and the salespeople went back to their telephones.

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Meir Ezra: What Is More Important -The Source or The Data?

The Most Widely Known Teacher Whose Lessons Stand The Test of Time Was Crucified.

Some people feel threatened by successful people. I don’t know why. All people who have long term success are ethical, authentic and love teaching what they know. When I first heard Meir Ezra ask the question – What Is More Important -The Source or The Data? I had to think about that because I know I often accepted information based on who was delivering it. Meir taught me and many it is the data or the information that is what is important. Many time when we rely on the source we are misled because the data is false. A good example that many of us can relate to is the flow of slanted information from the main media channels. How many stories that are reported by mainstream media are totally refuted by the facts that you will find on niche journalist and social media sites.

What Does Meir Teach That Is So Valuable?

I have been at all of his seminars, most of his two day events plus I have personally studied a number of supporting courses. Keep in mind I felt I was already quite experienced and knowledgeable in business. Take a look to the archive section of this blog and see what I have been writing and this is just one of my blogs.

I have invested close to 1000 hours of additional training since the first of this year. What are the results? Let’s looks at what others say. The feedback I get from our coaching quality control function is that the clients I work with are amazed and very happy with the focus, direction and progress of how Meir and I are leading them. How that different from my life “Pre-Meir”? The difference is I am not just confident I know what I do will result in success for the people I work with because it is not just me it is me, Meir and the entire team focused on the results for our clients.

So What Do You Use That Meir Teaches That Is So Valuable

1. The org board and the principles of building an organization. Yes this is a different way of looking at a business and when viewed from this perspective you begin to see why organizations fail.
2. Everything is measurable that is being produced. Define the targets and the plan to achieve the target. Then define the mini plan targets, measure/graph the statistics showing the condition of the business and related actions.
3. Apply the success formula for the conditions.

Follow The Above and You Cannot Fail! That is right! It is not what I say or what Meir Ezra says, it is what the data says.