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 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

  • 400+

    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

  • 13

    Directors from 8 countries make up the FEW volunteer board

  • 25+

    Special events and lunch mixers annually

  • 16

    Strategic partners whose support helps us achieve our mission

  • 153

    FEW members as of May 2017

  • 30

    Percentage of members who identify as entrepreneurs

Giving Back Through Community Services

This month representatives of Peace Boat Disaster Relief Volunteer Center (PBV) share how they are assisting disaster-affected people and strengthening disaster resilience of communities both local and globally

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January Monthly Meeting Recap

Maud Janssen always has had a passion for clothes, shoes, accessories & make up, and making others beautiful. When she moved to Italy in 1999 she thought she had style, but then she started rubbing shoulders with Italian women, and felt like a farmer’s wife. She started to consider the question of how some women, especially Italians, focus on beauty, and how this makes them more confident.

Member Spotlight

Despite growing up in a small town in Texas, Jodi Harris always knew she would live overseas. She was the kid staring at maps, spinning globes and looking out at the field behind her house wondering what would happen if she just started walking into the horizon. In this month's Member Spotlight, Jodi shares how it has been a gift and a blessing to live around the world and how she found a sense of home in FEW soon after arriving in Japan.

February Strategic Partner News

February Strategic Partner specials include discounts on babysitting services from Carefinder, discounted or free workshops with our newest Strategic Partner Find Your Element, beauty specials from Elana Jade, fitness classes at Club 360 and art classes with Divya Marie Kato. Details on the upcoming Mega Clothes Swap hosted by Sarah Furuya Coaching are also hot off the press.