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 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

  • 400+

    Monthly networking meetings held to date


  • 11

    Monthly networking meetings per year

  • 45

    Average attendees at FEW meetings during 2015-2016

  • 6

    Women's Start-Up Club meetings per year

  • 13

    Directors from 8 countries make up the FEW volunteer board

  • 25+

    Special events and lunch mixers annually

  • 16

    Strategic partners whose support helps us achieve our mission

  • 153

    FEW members as of May 2017

  • 30

    Percentage of members who identify as entrepreneurs

FEW 20th Career Strategies Seminar AMPLIFY!

Join us June 2nd for this full-day professional development event offering hands-on workshops and practical skill-building sessions to elevate your career in Japan to new heights

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May 2018 Strategic Partner News & Offers

Check out the latest SP member offers and opportunities to develop your body and mind, including special deals on everything from fitness and beauty to coaching and drawing sessions, and a special discount to the upcoming WIN Conference!

Remembering Doreen Simmons

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of one of FEW’s longest patrons and members, the inimitable Doreen Simmons, on April 23 at age 85. A stalwart of the Tokyo community for over 40 years, her energy, unique character, freedom and creativity will be sorely missed.

April Monthly Meeting Recap

Two dynamic lawyers, Naoko Matsuzaki and Catherine O’Connell, discussed how they developed their careers, the skills needed for lawyering, and gave insights into the broader issues for women in law in Japan.