NPO Nanohana Project Network


We are a local practice model of a "zero-waste community" working to live independently and to realize local production for local consumption of food and energy.


Ayako Fujii


3 Kamitoyoura, Azuchi-cho, Gamo-gun, Shiga 521-1311


  • Founded in:Apr 2001
  • Incorporated as NPO in:Jan 2006
  • No. of members(groups and individuals):160 from all over Japan
  • No. of full-time staff:0
  • No. of part-time staff:3
  • Person in charge:Minoru Yamada

Aim & Major activities

  • We strive to promote the creation of a specific local model of resource-recycling and a post-fossil fuel society with rapeseed as the center of the project through a partnership with industry, government, academia and citizens based on citizens' initiatives. Our aim is to promote the formation of a self-independent, zero-waste society.
  • To realize these goals, we exchange information on biomass energy both in Japan and abroad, conduct researches and studies on zero-waste societies, make policy proposals to the central government and form networks among individuals and organizations across the country who are related to the nanohana project.

Introduction of Activities

  • Since 2001, we have held the "National Nanohana Summit" in various locations (Shiga, Aomori, Hiroshima, Ibaraki, Hyogo, Kagawa, Yamagata, Nagano and Tokyo).
    The 2009 summit was held in Nagatacho, Tokyo right before the general election of the political power shift. People from various fields (citizens, enterprises, researchers, governments, and politicians of all parties that have joined the "Nanohana Parliamentary Group") have attended as panelists. The 2010 summit is scheduled to take place in Aichi.
  • Since 2004, we have held the "Nanohana National Fun Academic Meeting" in Higashiomi-city, Shiga. We cherish the sense of fun, taste and excitement based on the keywords of "future generation" and "locality".
    We also organize a program each year focused on self-sufficiency of food and energy in order to improve the independence of the local areas. Reports from elementary, junior and senior high school students as well as university students are presented.
  • International exchange with Germany: Planning of eco tours in Germany, research meetings on biomass energy etc.
  • International networks between Nanohana project with Korea, China, Mongolia and Ukraine(Chernobyl).
  • Every year we are enhancing our plans to increase local economic strength through our farm guest houses, farm restaurants, and a variety of other projects.

What we expect from an Asian partnership

To avoid two degrees warming, we anticipate that Japan will make a full effort to recycle wasted resources inside Japan rather than moving them to foreign countries under the name of "global recycling". To achieve this goal, we want to share various methods of networking and structuring with other Asian countries. As citizens of the earth, we want to carry out our responsibility for future generations.