Making an Impact: The Origins of Project WET in Japan

Mr. Yamamoto says that Project WET workshops are an effective way to communicate with younger staff membersMr. Yamamoto says that Project WET workshops are an effective way to communicate with younger staff members Last fall, we received a note from Mr. Masafumi Yamamoto, the person responsible for bringing Project WET to Japan in the early years of the new millennium. The first head of Project WET Japan, Mr. Yamamoto helped forge the partnership between Project WET and the River Foundation in Japan. The organization—which is dedicated to preserving Japan's bountiful river and watershed environment and to reconnecting the people of Japan with the nation's rivers—has been an official Project WET partner since 2003, thanks in large part to the work of Mr. Yamamoto.

Young employees from the firm that Mr. Yamamoto advises use Project WET activities with children as part of the company CSR programYoung employees from the firm that Mr. Yamamoto advises use Project WET activities with children as part of the company CSR program In addition to his work as head of Project WET Japan, Mr. Yamamoto was also a gifted Project WET facilitator, training many educators in Japan to teach about water using Project WET activities. We were pleased to hear that although he left the Foundation some 10 years ago, Mr. Yamamoto remains active in water education. He writes:

 

 

 

 

Almost 10 years have passed since I left the Foundation and joined the company I work with presently, which is the leading river research and design firm in Japan.  I retired from the head of Kyusyu branch office in this March and am working as an adviser now. The number of Project WET educators in Japan has increased up to 7,500. It was one of the happiest events in my personal history that I was involved in introducing Project WET to Japan. I am attaching a picture from a workshop I held in the branch office in June. Holding workshops is a good communication tool for working with young staff members in particular, and these young educators in turn use the activities as tools for our corporate social responsibility program.

 

Mr. Yamamoto leads staff members in a Project WET activity about river developmentMr. Yamamoto leads staff members in a Project WET activity about river development

Project WET Japan, through the River Foundation, has reached hundreds of thousands of children with education around a wide range of water and river-related issues, such as flood control, water utilization and other environmental issues. We are always proud to have them as our partners and look forward to many more years of work together.

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