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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 25+

    Special events and lunch mixers annually

  • 16

    Strategic partners whose support helps us achieve our mission

  • 148

    FEW members as of March 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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March Meeting Recap

At the FEW March meeting, Sachi Nakajima, the founder of NPO Resilience, discussed the importance of supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse in Japan, and shared ways in which we can all take action and support Resilience’s cause.

History of FEW

The latest article in our History of FEW series takes a look back at top insights from our Career Strategies Seminar (CSS) presenters on ways to maximize our unique potential and enhance our personal and professional lives.

Member Spotlight

In this month's How I Got Here, Tanja Bach shares her passion for empowering entrepreneurs and how FEW was not only a place for her to make friends, but to inspire others through her role in the Women’s Start-up Club and to even grow her own business.