The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

NPO Reconstruction and Town Building Research Institute

Assistance with the construction, operation, and planning of marine product processing centers and exchange facilities for the reconstruction of fishing villages

Activity grant

Project Description

The institute has conducted reconstruction support for Nagahora Village on the Hirota Peninsula of Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture, including the construction of temporary housing within the village and studying high ground relocation plans together with temporary housing residents' organizations. These activities focus on the reconstruction of livelihoods (jobs) that is one more aspect of village reconstruction, through the presentation of reconstruction based on a living culture in which both women and elderly people can participate in society, which is maintained particularly in fishing villages. The aim is to trigger regional industry with a focus on women, foster interactions with urban areas that arise from this industry, and gradually establish a social, cultural, and economic backdrop for regional reconstruction.

Grant year
FY2012 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years and 6 months
April 2012 - September 2014
Grant amount
6,196,000 yen
Activity region
Nagahora Village, Hirota Village, Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Following the completion of temporary housing, christen it as Nagahora Healthy Village and hold an opening ceremony

Overview of the Organization

Jinzaburo Hamada, Director
Jinzaburo Hamada, Director
Establishment year
Establishment purpose
This NPO conducts activities including studies and research, recommendations, prorogation, and consultations in order to promote advance reconstruction to prepare the general public for earthquake disasters (consisting of disaster prevention measures and measures to mitigate damage) and community building after disasters have occurred in order to achieve temporary housing and the reconstruction of disaster areas (reconstruction and town building). It was established for the purpose of contributing to the formation of attractive urban areas and villages that are resistant to disasters.
Main activity areas
Reconstruction and community building drill (workshops) implementation areas in the Tokyo metropolitan region, disaster region support in Japan (Hanshin Chuetsu, East Japan), disaster regions overseas (Turkey, Taiwan, etc.)
Number of staff members
5 full-time staff members, 10 part-time staff members, 30 official members
Collaborating organizations
Nagahora Healthy Village Council, Miyagi University's Reconstruction Community Architect Development and Support Group
Main activities
  • Implementation of reconstruction, town building and drill planning: We have conducted drills (workshops) with the government and local residents in the past, and following the earthquake in March 2011 we have offered an updated version of these drills in preparation for an earthquake directly under an urban area.
  • Implementation of continuous seminars on reconstruction and town building.
  • Support activities and research activities for the reconstruction of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake: Reconstruction activities consultations and support for the Kesennuma commercial district, surveys for the reconstruction of fishing ports and villages in Otsuchicho, etc. In particular, we have consistently continued support activities since the initial phase for the subsidy project in Nagahora Village, Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture.