The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Environment and Civilization 21 (NPO)

Formulation of the Environmental NPO Empowerment Strategy 2020

Activity grant

Project Description

While 20 years have passed since the Earth Summit that encouraged the strengthening of non governmental organizations aimed at the establishment of a sustainable society, in Japan environmental NPOs have yet to fulfill a sufficient role in society. As the role of such organizations is expected to become more important as issues such as the environment become more urgent, we will systematically organize and analyze the factors within environmental NPOs and the external factors that environmental NPOs face, such as social recognition that prevent the roles of such NPOs from being fully fulfilled. This is in order to propose an environmental NPO empowerment strategy, share this strategy with other environmental NPOs, and make an appeal for this strategy towards society.

Grant year
FY2012 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years
October 2012 - September 2014
Grant amount
8,750,000 yen
Activity region
Tokyo, nationwide, Japan
Panel discussion on environmental NPO empowerment

Overview of the Organization

Joint Representatives Saburo Kato, Konoe Fujimura
Joint Representatives Saburo Kato, Konoe Fujimura
Establishment year
Establishment purpose
In order to carry over an environment and society that is truly healthy and abundant in the next generation, it is important to take advantage of the power of the citizens to build up a sustainable society that is well balanced in terms of the environment, the economy, and human society. The purpose of this NPO is to conduct activities including awareness raising, surveys and research, and policy recommendations in order to realize a shift in values and social systems so that we can find and realize new forms of civilization that are balanced in this manner, and to contribute to improvement in the quality of the environment of not only Japan, but also the world.
Main activity areas
Tokyo and throughout Japan
Number of staff members
5 full-time staff members, 4 part-time staff members, 400 official members
Annual operating budget
29.5 million yen in 2009, 23.5 million yen in 2010, 20.6 million yen in 2011
WEB site
Collaborating Organizations
Sakano Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Main activities
The organization conducts to following activities to motivate many people to achieve a new environment, civilization, and society.
  • (1) Survey and research activities on essential issues such as the state of vales, politics, economics, technologies, and education in the environment, civilization, and society, and measures for realizing change
  • (2) Policy recommendation activities that include expressing opinions at public hearings, and preparing and proposing concrete legislative and regulation proposals
  • (3) Awareness raising and education activities for spreading essential information that includes the state of and approach towards society, and the latest information on the environment and science
  • (4) Exchange activities between members nationwide and partners overseas