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 was launched

  • 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

  • 385

    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

  • 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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January Meeting Recap

The FEW January meeting, "Real Health Talk for Real Women," featured Katheryn Gronauer, a certified health coach who teaches Food Energetics, to discuss how women can bridge the gap between logical and intuitive eating, and achieve a healthy eating lifestyle.

History of FEW

For the second part of our History of FEW series, we take a look back at some of our past speakers pre 1998, many of whom have overcome overwhelming obstacles and challenges to make their mark in their respective industries, and pave the way for Japanese and international women today.

Member Spotlight

In this month's How I Got Here member spotlight, Philomena Keet shares how a mystified fascination with Japanese fashion while living in Osaka led her to embark on a PhD in social anthropology, publish two books on Tokyo street fashion, and eventually stumble across FEW.