For Empowering Women (FEW) in Japan is an exceptionally active and ever-growing Tokyo-based non-profit business and social networking organization whose mission is to “enable internationally-minded women in Japan to achieve their full professional and personal potential.”
FEW originally stood for “Foreign Executive Women”, who were literally “few” when the organization was founded in 1981 by two foreign female entrepreneurs, and has evolved tremendously over its almost 36-year history, having empowered thousands of women in and outside of Japan.
As the “GO-TO place for personal and professional learning, connection and inspiration,” FEW’s core activities comprise regular monthly networking meetings, bimonthly Women’s Start-Up Club, and a diverse lineup of events that offer professional and personal development opportunities and the chance to learn from, connect with and gain inspiration from guest speakers, fellow members and other like-minded women. All meetings and events are held in English and open to both members and guests.
In addition, we hold our biennial flagship Career Strategies Seminar, engage in strategic partnerships, and promote volunteering and mentorship as part of our community services program.
Through these activities, we offer our members a friendly and supportive internationally-minded community of resources, knowledge and information, opportunities, and much more; no matter whether you want to establish employment contacts or simply to network and make a new group of friends.
FEW membership is open to women of all nationalities, with numbers varying between 130 and 150 at any given time. Members comprise professionals including marketers, journalists, entertainment specialists, attorneys and bankers to freelance photographers, translators and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries, and also include women at the start of their careers such as students and interns.