The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Bridge for Fukushima

Experimental project by senior high school students uses hot springs as geothermic resource

Activity grant

Project Description

An experimental project using surplus heat for geothermal energy has begun in Tsuchiyu onsen in Fukushima Prefecture. The project was developed from a demonstration experiment at Okayama University of Science aimed at using suitable environmental water to cultivate technology for practical implementation. Bridge for Fukushima is collaborating with Fukushima Public high school, Tohoku University, and a local onsen cooperative who carry out projects for senior high school students to find practical solutions for social problems through activities aimed at aiding the recovery of Fukushima.

Ecosystems and the Symbiotic Society
Grant year
FY14/3 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2014 - September 2017
Grant amount
8,000,000 yen
Activity region
Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
Students from Fukushima High School take part in a demonstration experiment

Overview of the Organization

Kenichi Bamba, Managing Director
Kenichi Bamba, Managing Director
Establishment purpose
The Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11, 2011 caused large scale damage to Minamisoma City. Emergency relief volunteer activities were established to distribute mineral water and clear out mud. Currently, we are engaging in various activities to restore Fukushima by solving problems unable to be approached by existing public institutions or private sectors.
Main areas of activity
Fukushima Prefecture
4 full-time staff members, 3 part-time staff members, 950 full members
Annual operating budget
18 million yen in 2012, 36 million yen in 2013, 28 million yen in 2014
WEB site
Main activities
  • Tourism Scheme
    Human tourism is using tourism as a resource for people striving to restore Fukushima by using the knowledge of those who have experienced an unprecedented earthquake for a type of learning tourism.
  • Support ventures by young people
    High school and university students are creating the Fukushima they would like for the future by addressing social problems with commercial support.
  • NPO / Social entrepreneurship support
    Matching the internal resources and tasks carried by NPO's in disaster areas
  • Support for local industry
    PR for produce from Fukushima Prefecture