Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese


  Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese

  Supporting women since 1969

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Who we are

AFWJ has almost 500 members in Japan and throughout the world. 
AFWJ provides members: 

Support and mutual assistance in adapting to Japanese society.

Opportunities for friendship and networking with women from around the world who share similar concerns and experiences related to:

Family relationships
Children's education
Professional & career development
Personal growth
Cross-cultural challenges & solutions
AFWJ Journal & Directory
Members receive a membership directory and bi-monthly journal, which features writing and art by members, district events, Board minutes and official organizational announcements.

More about the journal


AFWJ provides members with opportunities for friendships that span cultures and generations, giving members a sense of family as they adapt to Japanese society. There are numerous opportunities for service, personal growth and the development of new skills through activities such as committee participation, board membership, journal production, and Internet group facilitation.

Annual Convention

Once a year, members gather for a weekend of fun, learning and friendship. Events include workshops, panel discussions, outings and a lively cabaret.

Our next annual convention will be held in Tsukuba from 27 May to 29 May 2016.

More about the convention 

Internet Groups

Internet based groups help members throughout the world stay connected.

Events & Activities

Members host a variety of local events and activities such as workshops, book & crafting clubs, coffee mornings, luncheons and potlucks, ladies nights out and multilingual children's playgroups.

What's new?

Long Termer's Luncheon – Sunday, October 18, 2015

If you've been living in Japan for 20 years or more, congratulations, you're a Long Termer! Please join us at our annual lunch and gabfest in Yokohama. There will be an assortment of dishes, including vegetarian options, served buffet-style, 3,000 yen for AFWJ members (includes all drinks, alcoholic and otherwise) 3,500 yen for nonmembers.

For more information or to reserve, email: info(at)

Reservations taken from Sept. 1 through Oct. 11, 2015 (Seats are limited to 55.)

As of 2015, our dues have changed for new members and members rejoining after a lapse of three years or more. Check below for more details. 

For current members: To edit your profile or renew your dues by PayPal or credit card please login and click on your name at the top of the page.

Please click below for guides to our website:

How to join?

Member Qualifications

Women of any national or cultural origin, other than a Japanese born and raised in Japan, who are currently or have been engaged, married, or in a de facto relationship with a person of Japanese national or cultural origin are eligible for membership.

Membership Information

E-mail info(at)

Please contact us for more information.

Membership Fees

2015 Dues for New Members or Members Rejoining after a lapse of three or more years (From point of joining in 2015 - 31 Dec 2015) 4,000 yen 

2015 + 2016 Membership Special for New Members or Members Rejoining after a lapse of three or more years (From point of joining from 1July 2015 - 31 Dec 2016) 8,000 yen

For current members or those who have been lapsed for less than three years:

Full year (Jan - Dec) 7,000 yen

Half year (July 1 - Dec 31) 3,500 yen


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