The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio (JANO) (recommended by overseas office)

Japanese Cherry Tree Plantation in City Parks of Northeast Ohio

Activity grant

Project Description

The Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio has been planting cherry trees in Cleveland's Metro Parks since 1996. The planting of Yoshino cherry trees is one JANO's main activities, emulating the association's purpose, which is to deepen exchange between members and contribute to the region.
Working together on this activity alongside the cities of Cleveland and Akron and organizations such as the Mitsui & Co. Cleveland Office, and Detroit Consulate General, JANO will continue efforts to improve the public environment of the local community and raise awareness of global warming and the importance of environmental preservation and energy conservation. [No. K12-G-704]

Climate changePreservation of surface soil and forestsEnergy problem
Grant year
FY2012 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2012 - September 2015
Grant amount
2,490,000 yen
Activity region
Northeast Ohio, Ohio State
Rows of Yoshino Cherry Trees planted by JANO

Overview of the Organization

Chairman Hashimoto Fukuo
Chairman Hashimoto Fukuo
Year founded
Aim of establishment
JANO is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 with the aim of contributing to the local community and reciprocal friendship between members through educational support and mutual cultural exchange between the people of Northeast Ohio and Japan. Membership is open to anyone in the Northeast Ohio area who has an interest in Japanese culture.
Area of activity
Northeast Ohio
0 full-time staff, 200 full members
Annual business scale (revenue)
FY 2009: USD 11,380.19 (JPY 880,000)
FY 2010: USD 11,026.92 (JPY 870,000)
FY 2011: USD 13,684.88 (JPY 1,060,000) (Rate: 77.5¥/$)
WEB site
Partner organizations
State of Ohio, Cleveland City, Akron City, Mitsui & Co. (USA) Cleveland Office, Detroit Area Consulate General Office
Activity information
As of October 2012, JANO had approximately 200 individual members from 80 households, along with 18 corporate members. JANO's objective is to contribute to local society and promote mutual friendship between its members, made up of Japanese families, Japanese companies, and those with an understanding of Japanese culture. The association conducts activities under the following basic policy:
  • Contribute to American society
    - Sakura planting, regional cultural exchange, etc.
  • Provide local safety information and procedural services, strengthen ties with Japan, and ensure members have the essentials for daily living
    - e.g. one-day consulate, emergency contact network, consular office counter, etc.
  • Promote mutual support and exchange between members
    - New Year parties, cherry blossom picnics, culture and field trips, etc.
  • Support children's education at Japanese supplementary schools
    - Support for the joint business association system, and the activities of the Japanese Language School of Cleveland (JLSC)
  • Support the families of corporate members
    - Supporting companies entering the region, and their families