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

  • 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.

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July Monthly Meeting Recap

The 2016-17 FEW year ended with our monthly meeting on July 13, where we heard about the endeavors of longtime FEW member, Melanie Uematsu. She shared stories about her days as a designer in Japan and how she eventually found her calling as a tailor where she now works with clients from all over the world under her motto “Your ideas as inspiration, my skills to tailor it into reality.”

September Strategic Partner News

September is full of great specials from our Strategic Partners. Learn more about the scholarships offered by JMEC as well as discounts on training sessions from Club 360, aromatherapy massage specials from Elana Jade, and the September class schedules at Furla Yoga and with Divya Marie Kato. Sarah Furuya Coaching also has a fantastic 5-month coaching special and workshop coming up, too!

Member Spotlight

In this month's How I Got Here Member Spotlight, Joanna Sato shares how a chance meeting with a Japanese tourist on the street in Krakow, Poland, opened the door to a new life in Kobe, followed by Osaka and now Tokyo, and how the personal and professional experinces she has faced along the way have been both challenging and enriching.