Empower Works is a foreign-friendly repair and renovation service covering Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba. Our team of highly skilled English-speaking professionals offers turnkey solutions for both complex projects as well as smaller jobs. We are a one-stop shop for wood and metal works as well as home or office renovations and repairs.

Our Services

Whether you’re a company or an individual looking for a few helpful tips or an experienced professional to fully manage a project, we’ve got the tools, machinery,  know-how, and experience to guarantee success. All our home improvement professionals are fully insured with years of experience in all types of renovations and repairs.

The list below includes just a small selection of the things that we can do for you. If you can’t find what you are looking for or are interested in getting a quote for the job you need to get done, get in touch with us.

  • Kitchen renovations
  • Garage renovations
  • Office renovations
  • Drywall installation & repair
  • Painting & wallpapering
  • Wood decks & cabinets
  • Flooring and lighting
  • Balcony and yard cleaning
  • Air conditioner cleaning
  • Doors
  • Tables and desks
  • Air conditioners
  • Dishwashers
  • Picture hanging

Featured Commercial Projects

Empower Works Cirque de Soleil

Purpose-built balance chairs for Cirque de Soleil.

Empower Works Koala Mattress Pop-Up Store

An in-store pop-up shop for Koala Mattress.

Empower Works Custom Soundproof Room

A soundproof interview room for CarterJMRN.

Featured Residential Projects

Custom Home Entertainment Center

Handcrafted home entertainment center for a living room.

Kitchen Counters in Tokyo

Removal of a built-in dish dryer and its replacement with a custom-made kitchen shelf.

Garage Extension

Extending the length of a garage to accommodate a larger vehicle.

Who Are We

Michael Anop

Michael has spent the last seven years running Playground of Hope and Empower Japan, two organizations involved in building playgrounds. While doing so, he has had the chance to work with many talented and experienced English-speaking craftsmen, carpenters, and builders. That combined with his experiences as a homeowner and office-renter in Japan for the last 30 years – knowing how complicated and expensive even simple repairs can get – led him to establish Empower Works.

Stuart Ablett

Stuart moved to Tokyo from Canada in 1990. He is a trained mechanic, welder, and carpenter with many years of experience. Throughout his life, Stuart has run a variety of businesses, and he has been a general contractor in the Tokyo area for the past eight years. He has worked with clients ranging from large international companies all the way to individual homeowners building things ranging from custom home entertainment centers all the way to acrobatic chairs. If you can dream it, Stuart can build it.

Ola Nilsson

Ola is originally from Sweden but lived in England building very exclusive, high-end penthouses in London for six years. He moved to Japan with his Japanese wife in 2018. Ola has been installing IKEA kitchens all his life as a carpenter. He launched his own construction company in 2005, mainely building houses, house extensions, decking, kitchens and renovations in Sweden. He is also skilled at wallpapering and imports wallpaper from Sweden’s oldest wallpaper company with classic and modern scandinavian design.

Angela Kennewell

Angela, originally from Australia, has been in Japan for the last 16 years. In 2011 she left her career in IT to volunteer full-time in the Great East Japan Earthquake relief efforts. While working with Japanese technical disaster recovery teams in Tohoku and – later on – other disaster-struck areas, she acquired a wide range of carpentry, renovation, and repair skills, and further honed these skills over the last four years as a Construction Manager for the Empower Japan team.

…and a group of talented craftsmen based around Tokyo.