February Meeting Recap: Survivor – How to Overcome Adversity

You never know where life is going to take you. That was the message from our February guest speaker, Maxine Van-Cliffe Arakawa, who has had a decades-long career as a fashion stylist, make-up artist, and fashion show director in New York and Japan. She shared her personal experiences dealing with bi-polar disorder and gave her candid advice to […]

Published on 1st March 2018

January 2018 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Online Presence Part 1

The 3rd Women’s Start Up Club event on January 31st attracted a huge turnout! It may have been the topic, Building an Online Presence, or that we had the honor of a male guest speaker, Wolfgang Bierer from Endeavour. Either way, it was an evening packed with information– read on for the highlights, takeaways and Wolfgang’s presentation below. […]

Published on 28th February 2018

January Meeting Recap: Reinvigoration & Reinvention: Color Your Life

Maud Janssen always has had a passion for clothes, shoes, accessories & make up, and making others beautiful. When she moved to Italy in 1999 she thought she had style, but then she started rubbing shoulders with Italian women, and felt like a farmer’s wife. She started to consider the question of how some women, […]

Published on 31st January 2018

The Best of FEW: Fall 2017

Happy New Year from FEW! Thank you to everyone who joined us at all our events since we kicked off the 2017-2018 FEW Year in September. As the go-to place for personal and professional learning, connection and inspiration, FEW is proud to offer various events, resources, and networking opportunities for internationally-minded women in Japan. We look […]

Published on 4th January 2018

November 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Marketing with a Purpose

On November 29, the Women’s Start Up Club hosted Zsuzsanna Jarfas to speak about her experience and to run an interactive workshop on “Marketing with a Purpose.” Every business needs a strategy to help define the direction and vision of that business– according to Zsuzsanna, the definition of strategy is “a plan to reach a […]

Published on 4th January 2018

Special Event Recap: Radical Boundaries – Say NO to make way for YES

FEW Japan’s Special Events highlight in December was Sarah Furuya’s exclusive FEW workshop on “Radical Boundaries – Say NO to make way for YES.” The event perfectly matched the time of the year — right before the year-end and start of the new year — when everyone is already reflecting on the current year, and thinking about […]

Published on 1st January 2018

November Meeting Recap: Disruptive Innovation: Shifts in Technology

When Emi Takemura graduated, the internet pretty much didn’t exist, and in her first job there was only one computer, and one email address. So how have we gone from there, to the current situation of more and more powerful computers and an explosion in connectivity? That’s the question the Emi gave FEW members and […]

Published on 1st December 2017

Lumina Learning Recap: Powering Up for Women’s Leadership Program

By Akane Ochi, FEW Member The Lumina Learning Powering Up for Women’s Leadership Programme (PUWL) was held on September 26 and September 27. PUWL is a two-day training program that encourages Japanese women as authentic leaders through enhancing leadership abilities and raising confidence. 6 Japanese women attended the bilingual program (English and Japanese), facilitated by Elizabeth Handover […]

Published on 22nd November 2017

Special Event Recap: Make the Connection: Practical Networking Strategies that Work for You

What is networking? How do you prepare for a ‘networking’ event – your approach, look, conversation points, questions? How do you overcome shyness to approach others? Or how do you elegantly end a conversation? What is way the best to follow up and maintain new relationships? Helen Iwata, CEO of Sasuga Communications K.K., answered these questions […]

Published on 26th October 2017

October Meeting Recap: Multiculturalism through Japan’s Eyes

Japan has been dealing with an influx of foreigners in the past few years, with overseas residents here reaching 2.38 million in 2016. But how has it been coping with that, and how do foreigners fit into broader government policies for a multicultural Japan? That was the issue debated by the four panelists at FEW’s […]

Published on 26th October 2017

September 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Share your Passion and Maintain it through Masterminding

26 attendees defied the rain to join The FEW Women’s Start-up Club‘s kick-off meeting of the 2017-2018 year on September 26, 2017. WSC’s goal is to provide resources, support and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs and those who want to become entrepreneurs. We invite everyone to play an active role as WSC is a “business […]

Published on 3rd October 2017

September Meeting Recap: Women in Japan: Past, Now and Future

FEW’s 2017-2018 year kicked off with the inspirational leader Kaori Sasaki, founder and CEO of ewoman, Inc. founder and CEO of UNICUL. Inc., and the driving force behind Japan’s International Conference for Women in Business, which is now in its 22nd year. It was an evening full of insights into her past as a journalist, […]

Published on 2nd October 2017

July Meeting Recap: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

By Lisa Matsumoto, Public Relations & Communications Intern The 2016-17 FEW year ended with our monthly meeting on July 13, where we were joined by guests and members to hear about the endeavors of longtime FEW member, Melanie Uematsu. Melanie was born in Germany and studied fashion design in Berlin and London. Fascinated with Japan, […]

Published on 3rd September 2017

June 2017 Women’s Start-up Club Recap: Mentorship and Networking

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, including the Canadian Embassy, and the private sector, including positions at Goldman Sachs and Japan Tabaco, corporate decision-making as a […]

Published on 1st August 2017

Event Recap: Few & Mirai no Mori Concert For a Cause

What a night!  On behalf of all of us at FEW, a great, big thank you for joining us for Concert For a Cause! On a balmy, summer night, FEW members, friends and performers got together at British pub 2nd Half in Takadanobaba for a night of music to raise funds for Mirai No Mori, an NPO providing […]

Published on 14th July 2017
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