The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Japan Women's University Mariko Sadayuki, Professor

Interdisciplinary research into creating an environment that enables children from Fukushima to return to a normal lifestyle

Research grant

Project Description

This project works in collaboration with citizens, architects, nurseries and daycare facilities in Fukushima Prefecture with the aim of providing local children with a normal lifestyle free of radiation risk by creating specific proposals regarding living spaces, health, and daily necessities. It will submit scientific data on matters such as removing radioactive materials from food preparation and processing, removing dust from clothing after playing outside, and reducing radiation levels in clothing, living spaces, and childcare facilities, and will also provide the base materials for creating policy to deal with the repercussions of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, and creating disaster and evacuation measures for childcare faciltiies and the like that are informed by said disaster.

Grant year
FY2012 Research Grants
Grant term
2 years and 6 months
October 2012 - March 2015
Grant amount
5,993,000 yen
Activity region
Minamisoma, Fukushima city, Date, and nurseries and daycare facilities across Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
A workshop with children on building a dream playground

Overview of the Organization

Mariko Sadayuki, Professor
Mariko Sadayuki, Professor
Specialist fields
Housing studies, architectural planning
Affiliated academic societies
The Architectural Institute of Japan, Association for Children's Environment, The Japan Society of Home Economics
Professor at the Japan Women's University Department of Housing and Architecture
Graduated from Japan Women's University Department of Housing and Architecture in March 1978, completed a master's program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in March 1981, and progressed to the doctoral program at the same university, receiving a doctorate in engineering in March 1988. First-class registered architect.
Served as a full-time instructor at Seijo University Junior College from April 1991 to March 1996, before being appointed as a full-time instructor at the Japan Women's University's Department of Housing and Architecture the following April, becoming assistant professor and eventually professor in April 2004. Spent a year as a visiting professor at TU Dresden, Germany, from April 2005.
WEB site
The 'taking our small region back from radiation' association's safety and security committee; Haramachi Seiai Nursery, Minamisoma; Fukushima Federation of Architects & Building Engineers Association's Women's Committee
Research record
Served as research principal for 'an investigation into childcare facility environments and spaces with a focus on functionality' carried out by the Japan National Council of Social Welfare, completing a report in March 2009. Also participated in reports on 'the current status of the physical environment and environmental inidcators regarding childcare facilities as social spaces' in March 2010 and 'the actual conditions at childcare facilities and research on evacuation following the Great East Japan Earthquake' in March 2012 for the Child Future Foundation.