The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Crisis and Environment Policy Institute (CeMI)

Recovery project support activities for the promotion of a sustainable and secure work and living environment for residents of the Ryouishi area, in Kamaishi

Activity grant

Project Description

The fishing village of Ryouishi in Kamaishi endured huge damage from the 2011 tsunami, and afflicted citizens are beginning to consider independent reconstruction and planning. A resident-orientated reconstruction plan is being created in order to regenerate the Ryouishi area whilst protecting the rich Sanriku coastline, with the construction of a collaborative system by district residents, disaster specialists, and urban planning experts.

Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years and 5 months
May 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
5,083,198 yen
Activity region
Ryouishi area, Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
The first field observation of this project in the Ryouishi area. About 30 residents gathered for the event.

Overview of the Organization

Ichiro Matsuo, Secretary general and director
Ichiro Matsuo, Secretary general and director
Establishment purpose
Natural disasters cause a huge impact on local community infrastructures and put lives in danger. To reduce the scale of a natural calamity, knowledge of disaster preparedness as well as raising public concern about environmental and disaster prevention in homes, schools and workplaces is essential. The aim of this project is to support the improvement of regional disaster prevention ability and find solutions to global environmental problems by promoting social education and research, investigations, as well as dissemination awareness of environmental preservation and disaster prevention in regards to the wider public.
Main areas of activity
Throughout Japan
11 full-time staff members, 6 part-time staff members, 39 full members
Annual operating budget
1.96 billion yen in 2008, 1.59 billion yen in 2009, 1.68 billion yen in 2010
WEB site
Recent activities
This corporation carries out specified nonprofit corporation activities based on the NPO Act.
  • (1) Activities to promote social education
  • (2) Activities to promote town development and planning
  • (3) Activities to preserve the environment
  • (4) Disaster relief activities
  • (5) Main areas of activity
  • (6) International cooperation activities
  • (7) The activities listed in the preceding items
Communication regarding the associations activities and business, advice and assistance activities