The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects


Improvement of temporary housing to energy-saving habitats using local resources, along with ties both internal and external to the region. Aiming for sustainable regional reconstruction.

Activity grant

Project Description

The adoption of insulation and sound proofing measures, along with green curtaining for temporary housing using affordable materials with the objective of improving living environments, and in conjunction with architecture specialists and volunteers, targeting 495 households living in temporary housing in 13 locations in Motoyoshi temporary housing district, Kesennuma City, Miyagi. Also, the dissemination of relevant information, and in addition to promoting improvements to the living environment of temporary housing residents in other regions, to hand down what has been learnt towards the next disaster recovery, and make proposals for the realization of temporary housing living that is more people and environmentally friendly.

Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years and 2 months
August 2011 - September 2013
Grant amount
15,998,000 yen
Activity region
Motoyoshi temporary housing district, Kesennuma City, Miyagi
Student volunteers heading off to work at temporary housing. (Koizumi junior high school temporary housing area).

Overview of the Organization

Naoto Ishikawa, Representative Director
Naoto Ishikawa, Representative Director
Establishment purpose
NPO APCAS is a nonprofit organization with an office in Hakodate City, Hokkaido, formed to support the Sri Lankan victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004. The acronym APCAS stands for Action for Peace, Capability and Sustainability, and also means to walk in Ainu. Under the themes of dialogue, independence and sustainability, and also walking together, APCAS engages in activities while valuing the lifestyles of the people who live in affected regions.
Main areas of activity
Sri Lanka and Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture
8 full-time staff members, 3 part-time members, 11 full members.
Annual operating budget
543 million yen in 2008, 3,186 million yen in 2009, 2,535 million yen in 2010
Recent activities
Sri Lanka
  • (1) Victim support activity for landslides, floods and in areas affected by the civil war
  • (2) Operation of an agricultural technology center, the dissemination of sustainable agricultural technologies through the spread of vegetable gardens
  • (3) The dissemination of appropriate technology that is both environmentally friendly and conscious of local culture
  • (4) Employment support for those with disabilities, and the promotion of understanding regarding such challenges.
  • (5) Child support, and support for parents, the promotion of understanding for education, and support for education in remote areas.
  • (6) Product development and SME business support-driven livelihood improvement support
  • (1) The support of the Great East Japan Earthquake (Miyagi)