The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Greenwood Interaction with Nature Education Center

Infrastructure venture for the creation of a sustainable regional network by children in rural districts, such as agricultural, mountain and fishing villages.

Activity grant

Project Description

Established with the objective of having children from 6 rural districts, such as agricultural, mountain and fishing villages in Fukushima, Miyagi, Hokkaido, Nagano, Fukui and Okinawa Prefectures, engaging in the environmental issues of each region, and by holding forums to announce their results, along with exchanges, to create a sustainable regional society in harmony with nature, and contribute to the reconstruction of the affected regions. The long term target of the project is to be a sustainable development model for common challenges, remote areas with resources and rural districts, such as agricultural, mountain and fishing villages, create a network and prepare an endogenous, and mutual help-based mechanism.

Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years and 3 months
July 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
8,567,000 yen
Activity region
Fukushima, Miyagi, Hokkaido, Nagano, Fukui and Okinawa Prefectures, Japan
A forum to bring together children from the 6 regions, to have them make presentations about the challenges faced by each region, and report on activities designed to overcome those challenges.

Overview of the Organization

Hideyuki Tsuji, Representative Director
Hideyuki Tsuji, Representative Director
Establishment purpose
With the objective of promoting an educational activities based on direct interaction with nature that capitalize on the rich natural environment of Japan, and of contributing to the healthy development of young people, along with the establishment of an abundant leisure life for the Japanese people, in particular, in order to develop Richness of Mind and the Power to Live in the young people who are the torchbearers of the next generation, to implement variegated educational programs in the field of forests and rivers based on direct interaction with nature.
Main areas of activity
The entire area of Yasuokamura, Nagano Prefecture and neighboring areas
15 full-time members, 2 part-time members
Annual operation budget
1,529 million yen in 2008, 985.8 million yen in 2009, 906.2 milion yen in 2010
WEB site
Recent activities
  • (1) School of Life, Daidarabochi - a mythical giant, a 1-year cultural exchange program in a mountain village
  • (2) Shinshu Kids Pirate Camp, A camp for direct interaction with nature using the long summer vacation
  • (3) Volunteer activities for developing young people, and workshops