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 was established as a business and social networking organization by two foreign female entrepreneurs

  • 8

    Foreign women attended FEW's first meeting on October 29, 1981 at the Tokyo Prince Hotel

  • 1991

    FEW Kansai was launched

  • 2008

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

  • 14

    Presidents have led FEW since its inception

  • 385

    Monthly networking meetings held every second Thursday of the month 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

  • 140

    FEW members as of October 2016

  • 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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November Meeting Recap

The FEW November meeting, "From Buffy to the Bloodsucking 2016 Election: The Path to Female Empowerment," featured Fran Rubel Kuzui, a movie director and producer, to discuss female empowerment and creating strong female characters and role models in the wake of the U.S. election.

Member Spotlight

In this month's How I Got Here member spotlight, Helen Lewis describes how community and stimulation provided by FEW helped her overcome various struggles and gain creativity and leadership skills that now help her in all areas of her life.

Bonenkai 2016: FEWturistic

Join us for our 35th Anniversary Bonenkai as we celebrate 35 years of bringing women together in Japan and toast to a prosperous FEWture! Enjoy food, free-flowing drinks, entertainment and fabulous raffle prizes. Registration is now open!