The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Coalition for Legislation to Support Citizens' Organizations

Project for promotion of conversion from environmental NPOs to certified NPO corporations

Activity grant

Project Description

We promote the conversion from environmental NPOs to certified NPO corporations, and develop tools that support the expansion of donors and supporters. While it has gotten easier to become a certified NPO corporation due to a significant relaxation in the requirements, certifications have been slowed by barriers such as not being able to collect the required donations or not being able to complete a ledge of donors. By developing and providing simple IT tools, we facilitate requirements checks and the creation of submission documents, lower the barriers for applying for certification, improve the sustainability of groups, and expand the number of supporters.

Grant year
FY2012 Activity Grants
Grant term
1 years
October 2012 - September 2013
Grant amount
4,800,000 yen
Activity region
Areas nationwide with a focus on the Tokyo metropolis, Japan
Workshop at introductory seminar on policy recommendations for environmental NPOs (July 3, 2011: Takamatsu) (instructor: Kitazawa from Coalition for Legislation to Support Citizens' Organizations)

Overview of the Organization

Kensuke Nagata, Managing Director
Kensuke Nagata, Managing Director
Establishment year
Establishment purpose
The society that we aim for is a society in which people are compassionate towards and help each other and in which people respect the wishes and way of living of each other, a society in which it is easy for citizens to participate in decisions on public policy, and a society in which citizens can go beyond national boundaries to help each other. The coalition was established as we believe that it is important for us to improve the social environment including legal systems and tax systems, and encourage the development and growth of citizens groups in the future in order to create such a mature civil society.
Main activity areas
Areas nationwide with a focus on the Tokyo metropolis
Number of staff members
7 full-time staff members, 97 full members (individuals and groups)
Annual operating budget
40.73 million yen in 2009, 66.56 million yen in 2010, 54.59 million yen in 2011
WEB site
Main activities
The main activities are as follows.
  • (1) Provision of participatory advocacy activity programs for environmental NPOs
  • (2) Establishment and spread of NPO corporations/certified NPO corporations through legislation by citizens and legislators (granting of corporate status and tax deductions for citizens' activities)
  • (3) Opening of NPOWEB: NPO information including news, information on subsidies, a questions corner
  • (4) Formulation of NPO corporation accounting standards for the private sector
  • (5) Establishment of the Japan Fundraising Association, communication on procuring funds through donations and the importance of independence