The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Kurashi to taishin kyougikai (The Council for Earthquake Resistance in Daily Life)

Environmental conservation and restoration of the Goishi Coast in Ofunato, town of the game of Go

Activity grant

Project Description

Game of Go helps restoration of disaster afflicted Ofunato. Aim to revitalize Goishi Coast area whilst conserving the environment.
The Goishi Coast in Iwate Prefecture's Ofunato City was badly affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, and after the disaster, activities for the promotion and recovery of the area which the Go game is named after began. As part of these activities, the third Japan-Taiwan Go Tournament Exchange Festival was held in 2016, and the Fourth Go Tournament for the School for the Visual Impaired was held in 2017. Reconstruction infrastructure was carried out, including a Go tournament portal, Go hotel, a Go local train, and a Go board created for disabled people. A contribution was made to the restoration of Ofunato City and environmental preservation of the Goishi Coast after a conference about conservation of the environment in the Goishi area was held. [Project No. K15-1005]

Relationship between People and Society
Grant year
FY15/3 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
October 2015 - September 2017
Grant amount
6,000,000 yen
Activity region
Ofunate City, Iwate Prefecture; Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture; Taipei City, Taiwan
100 competitors face each other at the second Goishi Go Festival, May 2015

Overview of the Organization

Kitani Masamichi, Project leader
Project organization
Kurashi to taishin kyougikai (The Council for Earthquake Resistance in Daily Life)
Chairman Kitani Masamichi
Establishment purpose
The organization communicates with a wide range of citizens to co-operate about earthquake resistance, including registered architects, contractors, researchers, disaster prevention officials and civic activity organizations. In addition to the promotion of reinforcement against earthquakes, including the fixation of furniture, cooperation efforts are made in various fields towards community developing with the disabled, elderly, children, as well as environmental conservation and disaster prevention. Our aim is to foster enrichment of these things, protect the lives and livelihood of citizens from threats such as impending earthquake disasters, and support the enhancement of regional strength.
(1) Disaster prevention, earthquake resistance (consultation, diagnosis, plan, construction, evaluation and inspection), fixed furniture business, etc.
(2) Disaster prevention and reinforcement of earthquake resistance through the diffusion of knowledge
(3) Disaster prevention and reinforcement of earthquake resistance through regional collaboration
(4) Projects to raise regional capabilities through support, and cooperation efforts towards community development through disabled, elderly, children, environmental conservation, and culture.
(5) Other projects to achieve above objectives
2 full-time staff members, 2 part-time staff members, 14 full members
WEB site
Representative's comment
With the aim of revitalizing Goishi Coast area whilst conserving the environment, the challenges of development exceeded expectations, especially the creation of the Go Shinto shrine, and Fourth Go Tournament for the School for the Visual Impaired. We will continue working to make large changes.