The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Toxic Watch Network, Japan

Proposal activities for reconstruction and investigation into pollution resulting from hazardous chemical substances and radiation contamination in areas affected by the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami

Activity grant

Project Description

Factories in the Iwate region suffered damage during the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and the situation regarding leaked dangerous toxic substances is now unknown. There is a high chance of soil contamination in the areas surrounding factories, and in order to reconstruct factories and residences, and create proposals for local and national governments on how to respond to the reconstruction being undertaken, investigations are being carried out regarding the current state of environmental pollution. In addition, due to the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident, radioactive contamination of foodstuffs and soil is becoming a serious issue. This project provides information for citizens aiding them to live without radiation exposure through radioactivity measurement activities.

Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years and 6 months
April 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
14,053,000 yen
Activity region
Areas suffering damage resulting from the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and radioactive materials leaked from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant station
Carrying out the measuring of radioactive contamination on food items

Overview of the Organization

Shigeharu Nakaji, President
Shigeharu Nakaji, President
Establishment purpose
PRTR This organization aims to contribute to realize the formation of a continuous sustainable society providing easy to understand PRTR information as well as related information to citizens, taking part in planning risk management of hazardous chemical substances by supporting utilization by citizens, as well the promotion of risk communication through government partnerships with businesses and government, and the reduction of environmental risks from chemical substances and conservation of living environments.
Main areas of activity
Domestically in Japan
0 full-time members, 2 part-time members, 114 full members
Annual operating budget
9.67 million yen in 2008 (including grants), 1.20 million yen in 2009, 6.18 million yen in 2010
WEB site
Recent activities
  • (1) Provide information about PRTR and chemical substance policy through the web
  • (2) Hold study groups, seminars and symposiums for public awareness about the reduction of the release of chemical substances and citizen utilization of PRTR
  • (3) Trusted with investigation research from the government and business groups
  • (4) Recommendations for chemical substance policy
  • (5) Promote networking and international exchange with overseas NPOs