Let us introduce ourselves, including the greeting from the chair, our policy statement and our villa, “Kids Terrace Mie.”
The Japan Foundation for Children and Environment works to build a beautiful, healthy environment which is in harmony with nature, treasuring all living beings.
Recent years have seen an increase number of disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami, and volcano eruptions around the globe. Climate change has increased the severity of many extreme events while environmental degradation continues to worsen. In Japan, not only 2011 earthquake and tsunami took many precious lives, but also the nuclear accident at Fukushima resulted in contaminating the soil, waterway, and ocean and afflicting many people to this day. It is important to understand hardship of the victims and to give them a helping hand. In particular, it is necessary to reduce radiation exposure to children.
The Japan Foundation for Children and Environment strives together to create a society which respects people’s lives and rights around the world for the children of the future.
Greeting from the Chair
Japan lies on the eastern edge of Eurasian continent, comprising of several thousands of islands. Surrounded by seas and ocean, Japan has an oceanic climate overall, and its relatively mild climate provides habitat for a vast array of plants and animals, creating its unique ecosystem. However, mass production and mass consumption of our current lifestyle have exploited natural resources and accelerated deterioration of the natural environment. Environmental degradation not only cause harmful health effects on the human body, but also leaves negative legacy of enormous debts to children and future generations. Choosing such behavior which enables our generation to prosper at the expense of future generations come to be pointed out as wrong all around the world.
Our generation has already produced huge amount of nuclear wastes and yet been continuing to impose immense danger and burdens on future generations. Loving our children and grandchildren, most of us do not wish to leave offspring destitute. Our generation has responsibility to preserve natural environment which we inherited from our ancestors since ancient times for future generations. Massive change in climate also exacerbates the spread of disease outbreaks and epidemics. Implementing fundamental measures to conserve natural environment is the most important task of our time.
In Japan, not only many precious lives were lost in huge earthquakes and massive tsunami, but also many people still suffer from radiation leaks of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants. What we should do now is to understand hardship of the victims and to relieve them immediately. It is particularly necessary to evacuate the younger, most radiations-sensitive children, in the highly contaminated areas.
The Japan Foundation for Children and Environment hence opened “Kids Terrace Mie”, a respite facility for children, upon its establishment. Observing the children afflicted by the Chernobyl disaster, studies have shown that a child removed from the contaminated areas for respite care and provided with clean air and fresh food improves immune systems. Our program provides respite care where children can enjoy spending time in a relaxing environment under a flawless blue sky.
There is no better time than now to do the right thing. Let’s not forget the mind to devote for the benefit of children and future generations.
What makes us truly happy now is when we see the bright future where children can put a smile on their face. The Japan Foundation for Children and Environment works to build a beautiful, healthy environment and future hand in hand with our fellow community members and partners and spread the circle across the world.
The Japan Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011 resulted in triggering the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl disaster. The Japanese government continued to protect the nuclear industry, and criticisms arose from both domestically and internationally. The vast majority of Japanese are opposed to operating nuclear power plants, and citizens took to the street against the nuclear energy policy. Relief organizations started to assist victims to relocate, and also many individuals took courageous actions.
In March 2014, the Chair of the Japan Foundation for Children and Environment, Wataru Ohashi; former vice-president of the Helen Caldecott Foundation Japan, held lecture presentations at 6 locations of 5 major cities in Japan, opposing the use of nuclear power with Dr. Helen Caldecott. He not only provides public with the opportunities to learn radiation risks which were confirmed by scientific data but also held talks with various members of the National Diet to submit necessities of relocating of victims, ending use of nuclear energy, and promoting renewable energy. Meanwhile, the board of directors of the Japan Foundation for Children and Environment, Hiroomi Fukuzawa from Germany and staffs of FoE Japan made a visit to Belarus in March 2015. In July the same year, they held a report meeting named “Report on Belarus Visit” in Tokyo.
Including the county’s health care system, the role of respite care for children, and the challenges they face, the report demonstrated how Belarus has been dealing with the effect of the nuclear disaster. The Japan Foundation for Children and Environment fully recognized the necessity of respite care, contemplated what we could do, and opened the respite care facility, receiving many support from people.
1. Provide children with respite care and relocation assistance from Fukushima-affected areas.
JFCE offers a safe and relaxing environment to the children who are restricted to play outside due to contamination in their hometown. In order to deliver supports to those affected by the Fukushima disaster, particularly to the children who are more sensitive to radiation, JFCE raises fund both domestically and internationally.
2. Encourage current and future generations who help deliver sustainable energy products and services.
Negative legacies of environmental destruction and nuclear power plants take a heavy toll on future generations. JFCE gives the children the opportunity to get outside and to connect with nature, teaching the importance of sustainability. JFCE educates children to shape a sustainable energy future.
3. Reflect on ideas “to create a healthy society in which everyone is happy” under discussion with our fellow citizens.
It is necessary to build a peaceful and sustainable society with no immoderate economical inequality so that children can live happily in future. JFCE discusses and exchanges wisdom, knowledge, and experience with various people of different professions to actualize the happy society.
The Villa: Kids Terrace Mie
“Kids Terrace Mie” is a respite care facility for the children
Our program provides health respite and cultural exchange, such as playing fun activities outside, farming, cooking, sea bathing, and visiting historical sites.
We are organizing to accept boys and girls of preschoolers, elementary school students, and junior high school students with or without parents in summer 2016.
Board and Staff
Chair, Board of Director: Wataru Ohashi
Member of Board of Director: Hiroomi Fukuzawa
Member of Board of Director: Kazuhiro Ookawa
Supervisor: Iwao Ikoma
Advisor: Shigeo Oka
419 Kechiba Nabari-city, Mie
TEL＆FAX : +81-595-63-3077
8 min taxi from Nabari st. (Kintetsu Osaka Line limited express stop)
15 min walk from Akameguchi st. (Kintetsu Osaka Line express stop)
When there is no taxi at Akame st, please call
Sanko-taxi (0120-350-575, 0595-63-0101) etc.