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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FEW Board 2017-2018

FEW is currently looking for members to join the FEW Board for a one-year term beginning in September 2017 to help out in the areas of special events. Open to regular members, director positions are on a volunteer basis and involve anywhere between one and five hours work a week.

2017 FEW Community Survey

FEW has launched its biennial 2017 FEW Community Survey, and we invite all FEW members and friends to take part! By sharing your feedback, comments and suggestions on FEW you will help us ensure that we continue to meet our mission of enabling internationally-minded women in Japan to achieve their full professional and personal potential.

Member Spotlight

Each month, we invite one FEW member to share inspiring tales of adventure, challenges overcome and words to live by. This month Yoshiko Takiguchi reflects on how she felt overwhelmed by trying to balance work and life, but how joining FEW gave her the confidence and support she needed to feel empowered as a woman.