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 was established as a business and social networking organization by two foreign female entrepreneurs

  • 8

    Foreign women attended FEW's first meeting on October 29, 1981 at the Tokyo Prince Hotel

  • 1991

    FEW Kansai was launched

  • 2008

    FEW opened to Japanese women and was rebranded from Foreign Executive Women to FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan to diversify the membership

  • 14

    Presidents have led FEW since its inception

  • 385

    Monthly networking meetings held every second Thursday of the month 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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October Meeting Recap

The FEW October meeting, "Kimono & Modernity," featured Dr. Sheila Cliffe, kimono specialist and professor at Jumonji University, and Chizuko Takahashi and Tomoko Yoshida of Kimono Tango, who discussed both the evolution of the kimono and its place in modern society.

Member Spotlight

In our October Member Spotlight, Petra Canan Trudell talks about how getting out of her comfort zone and putting herself out there helped create opportunity and find her place in Japan.

Women's Start-Up Club "Take Off"

FEW Women’s Startup Club “Took Off” for its third year with 30 women, either already operating a small business or who just have a germ or an idea, coming together to introduce their products and services, share their successes or simply to be inspired!