FEW: For Empowering Women in Japan

FEW Events

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 by two foreign female entrepreneurs wanting to create a business and social networking organisation similar to those back home

  • 10

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

  • Early 1980s

    Article in the Wall Street Journal was the first media recognition of the group's presence

  • 1991

    FEW Kansai was born after a FEW member moved to Osaka and decided to set up a chapter for women living in the area

  • 2008

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

  • 14

    Presidents have led FEW since its inception


  • 11

    Monthly networking meetings per year

  • 45

    Average number of women attending each FEW monthly meeting during 2015-2016

  • 6

    Women's Start-Up Club meetings per year

  • 25+

    Special events and lunch mixers annually

  • 15

    Strategic partners whose invaluable support helps us in our missions

  • 130

    FEW members as of August 2016

  • 7

    Average number of women joining FEW each month during the 2015-2016 FEW year

  • 19

    Career Strategies Seminars held to date to help women navigate the job landscape in Japan and gain the skills, resources and tools to help them rise and 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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FEW Career Strategies Seminar 2016

Every two years members of the FEW community and beyond come together for FEW biennial Career Strategies Seminar (CSS). Held on Saturday, May 28, the 19th CSS "Women Rising," brought together over 70 women from diverse professions for a dynamic professional learning program centered on the three pillars of Inspiration, Knowledge and Connection.

Event Recap

FEW’s July meeting was the last before a one-month summer break. The meeting focused on Feng Shui with guest speaker Jodi Brunner, Master of Feng Shui, who shared her expert tips for utilizing the principles of Feng Shui in your business to create a more productive and pleasant work environment that fosters success.

Partner Tips For You

Each month our Strategic Partners offer invaluable tips and advice to the FEW community. In July Divya Marie Kato talks about drawing for peace; Anne Good of Eureka! offers tips on how to stop monkeying around; Elana Jade shares her summer skincare tips; and Bex Plumply of Club 360 offers some advice on the benefits of Yoga.