Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese


  Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese

  Supporting women since 1969

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 Naruto, Tokushima in June, 2017.

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?

Our membership special for new members or former members who have been lapsed for 3 or more years is only 8,000 yen for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018.

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

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Please contact us for more information.

Membership Fees

For new members or those who have been lapsed for three years or more:

If you join now, you can get membership for the rest of 2017 and a full year's membership for 2018, for 8,000 yen.

If you join from January 1, 2016 onwards, you can get a 2016 membership for 4,000 yen. 

Please note: this offer only applies to new members or former AFWJ members whose membership has lapsed for 3 years or more.

Membership Special for New Members or Members Rejoining after a lapse of three or more years (From point of joining from 1July 2017 - 31 Dec 2018) 8,000 yen

Dues for New Members or Members Rejoining after a lapse of three or more years (From point of joining after Jan 1, 2017 - 31 Dec 2017) 4,000 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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