FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan

FEW Events

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

  • 395+

    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

  • 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

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.

Learn more »

September Monthly Meeting Recap

FEW’s 2017-2018 year kicked off with inspirational leader Kaoki Sasaki, who shared insights on becoming a pioneering female entrepreneur in Japan and about encouraging diverse voices and views within Japanese companies.

October Strategic Partner News

October is full of great specials from our Strategic Partners. Learn more about the scholarships offered by JMEC as well as getting your first Club 360 class for free, peeling facial specials from Elana Jade, and Autumn private drawing classes with Divya Marie Kato. Sarah Furuya Coaching is also offering 2 coaching spots for FEW members with limited access/financial means to coaching.

Member Spotlight

In this month's How I Got Here Member Spotlight, FEW Vice President Nicola Vote describes how a one year student exchange program turned into 20 years of being captivated by Japan, where she has worked with various corporate and governmental organizations, loves to explore the country’s many smaller islands, and looks forward to sharing her experiences with the FEW community.