September 2016 Women’s Start-Up Club Recap: Your Business: Offers, Challenges and Needs

FEW Women’s Startup Club (WSC) “Took Off” for its third year on Wednesday, September 28. We were delighted to welcome Tanja Bach, Carolyn Pieroway and Melanie Uematsu as the new WSC Committee for the 2016-2017 FEW year. Thirty attendees, either already operating a small business or who just have a germ or an idea, met in Hiroo to introduce their products and services, share their successes to date, find solutions for obstacles they are experiencing, or just to get inspired and take off in their ventures!

The evening was also an opportunity for attendees to provide input on the topics they would like to see covered at WSC meetings over the coming year.

By popular vote, the current schedule for the year stands as follows:
     Nov 30   Business Plan – What is it? Do I need it?  If so, how do I do it?
     Jan 25     Branding and Social Media
     March 29   Pricing and Negotiations/ Closing a Sale (What am I worth and how can I get it?)
     May 31      Digital Nomad – How to simplify your work life through the use of apps
    July 26     Motivation and Mentoring – Kissing the Entrepreneur Blues Good-bye.

More information regarding the individual events will follow closer to the dates.  In the meantime, feel free to contact Tanja, Melanie or Carolyn via with any questions or visit our Women’s Start-Up Club page to find out further details on what WSC is all about.


Q&A with Jackie F. Steele and Megumi Ishimoto

Leading up to our upcoming monthly meeting on ‘Celebrating Women as Change Agents in Post-Disaster Tohoku,’ we’re featuring a Q&A with Jackie F. Steele, a political scientist at the University of Tokyo, and Megumi Ishimoto, Executive Director of NPO Women’s Eye. The Q&A is modeled on the Proust Questionnaire, designed to reveal insights into the respondent’s personality. Join us […]

Published on 14th March 2018

March Strategic Partner Member Offers and Other News

Check out the latest member offers and opportunities from our Strategic Partners here! Our Strategic Partners are committed to bringing the best services and products to FEW members. And go to our Strategic Partners page to learn more about all of FEW’s Strategic Partners, who not only support FEW’s activities but also provide professional and personal services […]

Published on 1st March 2018

February Meeting Recap: Survivor – How to Overcome Adversity

You never know where life is going to take you. That was the message from our February guest speaker, Maxine Van-Cliffe Arakawa, who has had a decades-long career as a fashion stylist, make-up artist, and fashion show director in New York and Japan. She shared her personal experiences dealing with bi-polar disorder and gave her candid advice to […]

Published on 1st March 2018

March Community Services Feature: Five Tokyo-Based Organizations That Fight For or Empower Women

In honor of March’s International Women’s Day, we’d like to present to our FEW community a list of five organizations that have established themselves as organizations who fight for or empower women as well as a list of five events that you can attend to show your support for this year’s theme of #PressFor Progress. […]

Published on 28th February 2018

How I Got Here: Johanna Nousiainen

I first came to Japan as a study abroad exchange student. That year changed my life, even though at first I didn’t know it would. I was supposed to become a journalist in Finland, since that was what I loved to do – looking for information, interviewing people, writing articles about unique encounters you have. […]

Published on 28th February 2018