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February 14, 2005


Traditional measures of personal verification that human beings have relied on for thousands of years are rapidly becoming extinct.  A print of a seal that cannot be distinguished from the original can be reproduced by anyone who has a photocopy of the original print, PC, high-definition image scanner and NC engraving machine.  So is the handwritten signature.  Should we fail to act quickly, we would be living in a society in which we do not have any reliable means of personal verification. If our society is to survive as orderly one, it would be urgently required that the society must have the non-traditional, i.e. electronic, means of personal verification. Our mission is to meet this requirement of the history in a responsible manner.

The electronic means of personal verification which we should be able to carry at any time to any place without restriction will be inevitably be under limitless threat irrespective of the time and place. To put it another way, it must be resilient enough to withstand persistent systematic attacks by groups of the cleverest people armed with cutting-edge IT expertise as well as strategies and tactics of all ages.

Even the brightest people who can possibly come up with the most advanced and sophisticated attack techniques still cannot decipher one thing - the inexhaustible memory that every one of us has acquired through our life, particularly in our own subjective context.  Mnemonic Guard, which makes use of long-term visual memories, i.e. our unforgettable pleasant experiences crystallized in pictures and other visual objects, provides a secure means of personal verification that anyone, irrespective of sex or age, can easily practise without stress at any place or time. We expect that Mnemonic Guard can and will achieve the historic task of providing the urgently needed reliable electronic means of personal verification. We believe that we will thus be supporting the history of human beings.

The invention of CryptoMnemo, which did not exist three years ago, opened a new way of contribution. A counterfeit banknote can suffice if it can successfully deceive machines should it fail to deceive humans or if it successfully deceives humans should it fail to deceive machines. In the near future a small boy or girl would be able to make a counterfeit bill at home with a quasi-watermark and a unique serial number on it using a set of PC, image scanner and printer, with more than sufficient information obtained on the Internet. Then, paper currency, which has long supported our economy, will be reaching the end of its life. It is possible to envision that every individual and every shop owns and carries a counterfeit bill detector. We will then have half entered the era of electronic money; it could no longer be called the paper money circulation.

Electronic money, if badly managed, could provide a very convenient means of making a mint of easy money available to criminals. Required against such nightmare are secure personal verification and strong encryption. It is self-explanatory that user verification is decisively critical to the means of payment to be practised under the user’s real name, while verification of the administrator of the issuing organization is decisively critical to the currency of anonymous nature. The electronic currency system could break down straight away once the encryption key hidden in the medium or on the network is found and unveiled, so every possible effort must be made to avoid putting encryption keys in the media or on the network. We are certain that there will be a situation where the CryptoMnemo will be of great help. We wish to contribute to the society that must survive the historic convulsion in the form of the demise of paper money by way of offering our technology that combines personal verification and encryption.

The third pillar of our mission is to eliminate the misconceptions about the effectiveness of security solutions. If people lose trust in the whole security technologies as a result of the misconceptions, it would be highly unlikely that people willingly accept the systems of digital certificate and electronic currency however useful they may be. What will the economy be like if it does not have reliable means of identity establishment and of selling and buying? It is something that the writer, who learnt economics philosophy, cannot imagine.

Those who advocate to eliminate misconceptions cannot afford to make any such by themselves. We are therefore under greater pressure than are other people. However, it is imperative to fight the misconceptions if we do not like to see the society thrown into chaos.

With the above mission in mind, we endeavour to contribute to secure and safe life in the era of digital and networked society.


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Corporate History


November 1995: Asahi Business Assist Limited established with capital of three million yen.  With the initial objective of acting as the Japanese office of Industrial Research Limited, the company established following the privatisation and breaking up of New Zealand's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR).

It engaged in a wide range of technical fields, including organic and inorganic material chemistry, laminated rubber and lead plug seismic isolation technology, high-temperature superconductive material and applied technology, image processing using artificial intelligence, reverberation control, network routers, telescopic lens systems for monitoring and astronomical observation. Operations continue until March 2000.
February 2000: Basic logic of personal verification based on memory matching developed Hitoshi Kokumai, the representative director of the company.  The invention further developed through the year to lead to indexed data blocks, pass-symbol systems, techniques for detecting intimidation alarms, for illegal use and for combining biometrics. With patents applied in the company name, business development started.
December 2001: The company renamed Mnemonic Security Limited an appropriate name for a business entity specializing in the verification business.
May 2002: The company receives approval for the business plan pursuant to the law for encouraging the creative activities of small and medium-sized enterprises.
September 2003: The company reorganized into a joint stock company named Mnemonic Security, Inc.

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Corporate Profiel


Company name: Mnemonic Security, Inc.
Origin of company name:  The company features the word "mnemonic," which means assisting or relating to memory. The word "mnemonic" comes from Mneme, the goddess of memory in Greek mythology.
Location: 7th Floor, Risona Umeda Bldg., 2-16-19 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0057 Japan
Phone: 06-6361-5311
Website: http://www.mneme.co.jp/
Business activities: Development and sales of software and hardware for the protection of computer information from leakage;
Established: November 9, 1995
Capital: 25 million yen (as of October 1, 2005)
Account closing date: September 30 (once a year)
Main banks: The Shoko Chukin Bank Umeda Branch, the Bank of Ikeda Umeda Sky Lobby Branch and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Umeda Branch
Alliances & Partners: AXSEED, Fujitsu Software Technologies, The University of Tokyo,  NTT Communications, IBM Japan, Toppan NSW, Nihon Information & Communications, Securia, SKR Technologies, Sorun, etc.
Access: Two minutes' walk from Osaka Station on the JR Line, Umeda, Higashi-Umeda or Nishi-Umeda Station on the subway system, Umeda Station on the Hankyu Railway or Umeda Station on the Hanshin Line. The office is located on the seventh floor of Resona Umeda Building, on the eastern side next to Sonezaki Police Station.

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