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 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

  • 400+

    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

  • 13

    Directors from 8 countries make up the FEW volunteer board

  • 25+

    Special events and lunch mixers annually

  • 16

    Strategic partners whose support helps us achieve our mission

  • 153

    FEW members as of May 2017

  • 30

    Percentage of members who identify as entrepreneurs

FEW 20th Career Strategies Seminar AMPLIFY!

Join us June 2nd for this full-day professional development event offering hands-on workshops and practical skill-building sessions to elevate your career in Japan to new heights

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Member Spotlight

In this month's How I Got Here member spotlight, Mari Kiyota shares her love of supporting entrepreneurs, her passion for volunteering, and how meeting the women of FEW inspired her to stretch her mindset, redefine success, and follow her own path.

March Monthly Meeting Recap

Megumi Ishimoto and Dr. Jackie F. Steele recounted their experience working with women in diverse, non-traditional roles in post-disaster Tohoku and how these women created their own path by redefining models of “leadership” and “womanhood” in Japan.

Special Event Recap

At The Essence of Belly Dance Workshop, belly dancer Sara Amira described her personal journey, explained the purpose of belly dance to act in harmony with your body and soul, and demonstrated how belly dance connects women with their 'women tribe.'