...See, I look at this way.
Akio has an Aesir blood curse on him that pretty much prevents him from succeeding in anything major that he has a direct role in.
How do you circumvent something like that?
You get sneaky. You couch your true objective in a huge, convoluted plot and take the minor victory while your right hand man gets trounced; the minor one is what you wanted anyway, and while the big one would be nice and all, it's ultimately meaningless.
Want to take down one or two people? Aim for a planet. Something along those lines. And right now, he has a dangerously unguided missile aimed right at Gryphon, just aching for a chance to settle the score - and it's the kind of person he, historically, just can't fight against with everything he has, at least not right off the bat.
Watch the left hand instead of the right, is what I'm sayin'.