The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Resurrection of Fukushima (NPO)

Initiatives to revitalize the Iitate village region

Activity grant

Project Description

Maintaining and reviving life and culture around Satoyama is the foundation of the sustainability of 21st century society. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident destroyed the living, agriculture and culture of the villagers of Iidate village, which was evaluated as part of the "Most Beautiful Village in Japan" union. The village remains impacted by radiation. Nevertheless, the village is now beginning efforts to rebuild residents' livelihoods, resume farming, and ensure the village's culture is preserved. This project is to create a network which connects those villagers with individuals, organizations such as universities, research institutes and companies, to meet the problems of food, energy and aging issues facing modern society. [No. K18-0054]

Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund FY2018 Activity Grants List (PDF 372KB)

Relationship between People and Society
Grant year
FY2018 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years (April 2019 - March 2022)
Grant amount
Activity region
Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture
Experimental combustion furnace and measuring device (lower left)

Overview of the Organization

Representative: Takaaki Sano
Project organization
Resurrection of Fukushima (NPO)
Director: Yoichi Tao
Establishment Purpose
In the areas damaged by the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident: understanding of and measures to protect against radioactive contamination, agroforestry research and livestock reproduction, collaboration with local residents to revitalize destroyed life and industry, and so forth.
Recent Activities
  • Ongoing measurement of radiaton, testing of soil and crops, and collation of such data.
  • Events combining health support, such as health consultation, massage, and nutrition guidance, with community interaction are held every month.
  • Support for agricultural measures against radiation contamination through decontamination experiments and test crop cultivation, as well as agricultural support for labor conservation via the use of ICT.
  • Acceptance of visitors such as high school study tours, university students, researchers, and ordinary citizens, and efforts to help them understand the current situation of the residents and village.
Number of Full-time employees: 3 / Number of Part timers: 4 / Number of Members: 292 (6 organizations)
WEB site
Voice of Representative
I don't think that we should lose a village that has continued to coexist with nature due to a human disaster. This region, which has delivered nature's gifts in the form of agricultural production, is the model of a sustainable society, and there is certainly much we can learn from it.