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

  • 8

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

  • 1991

    FEW Kansai was launched

  • 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

  • 25+

    Special events and lunch mixers annually

  • 16

    Strategic partners whose support helps us achieve our mission

  • 148

    FEW members as of March 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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February Meeting Recap

At the FEW February meeting, Rena Suzuki, co-founder and leader of Lean In Tokyo, discussed how she helps women gain the confidence to take a more active role in the workplace and change attitudes towards working women in Japan.

History of FEW

For the third part of our History of FEW series, take a look back at the FEW 20th Anniversary Newspaper, which highlights the early years of our organization. Full of great mentions, interviews and historical anecdotes, it sets the scene for what our members were thinking about in 2001.

Member Spotlight

In this month's How I Got Here member spotlight, photographer Tia Haygood shares how members of the FEW community encouraged her to start her own business even though she was full of self doubt and how she has grown in both skills and confidence in the one year since TopTia's launch.