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 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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Creative Business Cup 2016

Got a creative idea for a business? Join the Creative Business Cup 2016 for the chance to pitch it, receive mentoring and support from industry professionals, and win some great prizes.

Member Spotlight

In our first Member Spotlight, Ann-Katrin van Schie, shares her story of how she strives to provide others with a sense of calm, balance and support.

Partner Tips For You

Each month our Strategic Partners offer invaluable tips and advice to the FEW community. This month, we're talking massage and continuing to rise!