The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

The Association to Help Chernobyl, Chubu District, Japan

Supporting the areas devastated by the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Activity grant

Project Description

Conducting a meticulous survey of air dose rates in Fukushima disaster areas to help residents lead normal lives with as little exposure to radiation as possible. Measuring the amount of exposure received conducting various living activities in order to propose lifestyles with minimun exposure. Also proposing specific measures to farmers to avoid the contamination of Fukushima's famous fruit crops.

Preservation of surface soil and forests
Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years and 6 months
April 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
10,700,210 yen
Activity region
Fukushima and Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
Removing top soil in a fruit orchard to test the effects of decontamination efforts

Overview of the Organization

Toshinao Kamiya, Director
Toshinao Kamiya, Director
Establishment purpose
Established to provide aid for survivors of the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster that occured in Soviet Ukraine in April 1986, primarily providing aid and implementing initiatives to support victims and affected areas in Zhytomyr Oblast. It also acted as a couterpart for an evacuee fund operated by a Ukrainian journalism group. In August 1990, it became the first Japanese civilian organization to enter the region bringing aid packages and it has continued to provide aid and support to the present day.
Main areas of activity
Zhytomyr Oblast, Ukraine
2 full-time staff members, 1 part-time staff member, and 38 full members
Annual operating budget
41.72 million yen in 2008, 33.12 million yen in 2009, 24.67 million yen in 2010
WEB site
Collaborating organizations
Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation
Recent activities
  • (1) Providing medical support to Zhytomyr Oblast by supporting the provision of medical equipment, medecines, and powdered milk to hospitals and childrens hospitals.
  • (2) Establishing community clinics and x-ray equipment for detecting infectious diseases as a form of preventative medecine
  • (3) Setting up a scholarship fund for the children of disaster victims
  • (4) Providing emotional support in the form of sending Christmas cards to children in disaster areas
  • (5) Conducting experiments aiming to revive agriculture through bio-energy and remediate soil in Zhytomyr Oblast's Narodychi region by cultivating rapeseed, as part of a five year plan started in 2007.