The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Earthwatch Institute Japan

Research regarding the habits and conservation of Japanese macaques inhabiting cool-temperate zones

Activity grant

Project Description

This project aims to demonstrate the value of Nishimeya and Ajigasawa in the north-eastern section of Shirakami-Sanchi as habitats for Japanese macaques, recommend forest management methods and measures for reducing harm to the monkeys, and search for ways to co-exist with monkey populations. It also aims to involve the general public in research being carried out by specialist researchers through lectures and participation in studies.

Preservation of surface soil and forestsPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2007 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
July 2007 - June 2010
Grant amount
8,918,000 yen
Activity region
North-eastern Shirakami-Sanchi, Nishimeya and Ajigasawa, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
A Japanese macque captured as part of the research

Overview of the Organization

Shinya Tsuru, Chairman
Shinya Tsuru, Chairman
Establishment purpose
To involve volunteers in field research that requires time, funds, and manpower, such as in-depth investigations into climate change, biodiversity and habitats, and human heritage. This organization was established with the goal of providing scientific researchers engaged in environmental conservation support in terms of money and manpower. Citizen participation in field research is also expected to raise public awareness of the environment and biosphere, and is a valuable opportunity to make people really understand the changes happening through first-hand experience.
Main areas of activity
Japan and 80 countries around the world
4 full-time staff members, 35 part-time staff members, and 1,200 full members
Annual operating budget
33.90 million yen in 2005, 39.70 million yen in 2006, 35.40 million yen in 2007
WEB site
Recent activity
Assessing field research and research into environmental issues to see if it fits with Earthwatch's philosophy is being conducted in a high-quality manner, and involves activity that is suitable for participation, then establishing projects for research that meet these criteria, and gathering and dispatching volunteers. Releasing appropriate information about successful volunteer participation projects to increase public interest, and offering oversees volunteer opportunities provided by Earthwatch HQ.