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 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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June Monthly Meeting Recap

Members and guests alike joined FEW’s monthly meeting on June 8th to hear the story of Japanese war brides, a story often overlooked and untold. We welcomed Lucy Craft, a filmmaker and former FEW member in the 80s, to reveal their hidden stories. As a daughter of one such war bride, Lucy’s life is intertwined with Japan.

Member Spotlight

In this month's How I Got Here Member Spotlight, Joanna Sato shares how a chance meeting with a Japanese tourist on the street in Krakow, Poland, opened the door to a new life in Kobe, followed by Osaka and now Tokyo, and how the personal and professional experinces she has faced along the way have been both challenging and enriching.

July Strategic Partner News & offers

This month our newsletter was jam-packed full of news and offers from our strategic partners. Enjoy some great summer specials from Elana Jade, send your child to summer bootcamp with Club 360 or why not sign up for art classes with Divya Marie Kato, special yoga classes with Furla Yoga, coaching with Sarah Furuya or a Kyoto photography retreat with TopTia?