FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan

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FEW By The Numbers

We’re proud of the diversity of the FEW community as we’ve grown over the past 35 years.


  • 1981

    FEW established as a business and social networking organization by two foreign female entrepreneurs wanting to create a supportive women's network similar to those they enjoyed back home

  • 8

    Foreign women attended FEW's first meeting on Oct. 29, 1981

  • 1991

    FEW Kansai was launched in Osaka by a former FEW member who moved to the area

  • 2008

    FEW opened to Japanese women and rebranded from Foreign Executive Women to For Empowering Women in Japan to diversify membership

  • 14

    Presidents have led FEW to date

  • 390+

    Monthly networking meetings held since FEW's founding


  • 11

    Monthly networking meetings per year

  • 45

    Average attendees at FEW meetings during 2015-2016

  • 6

    Women's Start-Up Club meetings per year

  • 12

    Directors from six countries serve on a volunteer board to bring our members a diverse and rich line up of activities

  • 25+

    Special events and lunch mixers annually

  • 16

    Strategic partners whose support helps us achieve our mission

  • 153

    FEW members as of May 2017

  • 19

    Career Strategies Seminars held to date to help women reach their full professional potential

Become a FEW Member

We welcome women from all nationalities, professions and backgrounds. Our four membership categories provide various benefits and a range of options to suit all women in Japan.

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Dream Girl Movie Night Recap

In April, FEW and Mums in Business Tokyo welcomed over 50 women (and men) to the first screening of Dream, Girl in Japan. Reiterating how women can do anything, the film was followed by a panel discussion which provided a window into the minds of some of Tokyo’s shining female entrepreneurs.

Member Spotlight

In this month’s How I Got Here, Nina Cataldo shares how her love of writing, travel, and empowering others led her back to her mother country to help Japanese people learn English and to discover the FEW community of women celebrating and supporting each other’s work.

2017 Japan WINConference

Join global leaders at the half-day Japan WIN Conference on June 2 to exchange best practices with companies embracing diversity and initiating inclusive cultures, and to connect with women and men paving the way in their industries.