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.

Then

  • 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

Now

  • 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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June Monthly Meeting Recap

Members and guests alike joined FEW’s monthly meeting on June 8th to hear the story of Japanese war brides, a story often overlooked and untold. We welcomed Lucy Craft, a filmmaker and former FEW member in the 80s, to reveal their hidden stories. As a daughter of one such war bride, Lucy’s life is intertwined with Japan.

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.

June Women's Start-Up Recap

The FEW Women’s Start-up Club wrapped up the year on June 29, with a timely presentation on mentoring and motivation for entrepreneurs by Patricia Bader Johnston. Patricia’s career in Japan has spanned the public sector, private sector, corporate decision-making as a board member with IBM, and currently as a consultant and serial and social entrepreneur.