About The Tokyu Foundation for Better Environment
By 1974, water pollution of the Tama River had become a serious problem, due to a sharp increase in population density resulting from high economic growth. Noboru Goto, then President of Tokyu Corporation, established the Tokyu Foundation for Better Environment to provide grants to fund water quality studies and research focused on the Tama River, as he believed that the company had a major responsibility to support environmental cleanup activities in and around the Tama River, which flows through Tokyu's core region of business.
The Tama River's water quality gradually improved and it was more or less restored to its earlier condition in the 1980s, when the waters ran clear again. The Foundation subsequently expanded its remit beyond water quality to include grants for a wide range of activities, such as research focused on environmental conservation and improvement throughout the Tama River area.
The Tokyu Foundation has taken on the initiatives of the Tokyu Foundation for Better Environment and undertakes the following diverse array of projects.
2. Support for Activities
(1). This support takes the form of assistance and financial support for courses for local citizens, lectures, and events relating to the environmental restoration of the Tama River and its basin.
(2). The Foundation presents the Tokyu Foundation Academia Award for Social Contribution to the Environment.
- Eligible candidates： Researchers who have made a particularly outstanding academic and social contribution in the environmental field in Japan
- Details of award： Commendation certificate and ¥1 million prize money
- Nomination method： The Foundation issues requests for nominations to institutions to which environmental researchers belong
- Selection method： Determined by the Selection Committee based on documents submitted
The list of award winners can be found here
(The Presentation Ceremony Synopsis features a profile of the award winner and an overview of the research (Japanese only)).
3. Awareness Raising
(1). The Foundation publishes a newsletter.
The newsletter contains articles about the history of the Tama River area, as well as details of events and records of the Foundation's activities. It is distributed free of charge to business establishments, universities, schools, incorporated NPOs and other groups, administrative organizations, and past grant recipients and other individuals in the Tama River area.
The Foundation's newsletter “Tama River”: Back issues can be found here
(The Foundation newsletter is available in Japanese only)
(2). The Foundation publishes a supplementary reader for environmental studies classes.
The Foundation prepares the supplementary reader for environmental studies classes and distributes it free of charge to elementary schools in the Tama River area, among others.
“Welcome to the Tama River” supplementary reader for environmental studies classes
The Foundation produces this supplementary reader for use in elementary school classes and extracurricular activities, with the objective of ensuring that children develop a knowledge of and sense of kinship with the Tama River, which is home to a variety of creatures and benefits the people who live in its basin. (The supplementary reader is available in Japanese only)