FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan

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

  • 8

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

  • 1991

    FEW Kansai launched in Osaka

  • 2008

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

  • 14

    Presidents have led FEW since its inception

  • 395+

    Monthly networking meetings held to date


  • 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

Give Back Through Community Services

At FEW, we believe in giving back to the local community. This month we met up with representatives of A Place to Grow to learn what they are doing to break away from the short term disaster relief NGOs we see in Japan today and create a more lasting and socially driven effort to rebuild communities.

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November Monthly Meeting Recap

FEW’s November Meeting speaker Emi Takemura shared her insights on technological shifts helping us live better, how she founded Peatix, and discussed her passion for helping entrepreneurs succeed.

December Strategic Partner News

December Strategic Partner specials include fitness classes from Mom in Balance and personal training from Club 360, beauty specials from Elana Jade, art classes with Divya Marie Kato, coaching classes with Sarah Furuya Coaching, and discounts from Carefinder, FEW's newest Strategic Partner.

Member Spotlight

In this month's How I Got Here Member Spotlight, Alicia Narusé shares how her art skills led her to major in Industrial Design and found a furniture business with her husband, and how she has expanded her network and become friends with other women and mothers since joining FEW.