The slogan of our activities is gThe earth is one.h
¡ What is the Shinzen Crescer Project?
gCrescerh means gfosterh or gdeveloph in Portuguese. This project was launched
in 1995 with the objective of conducting activities mainly targeting youth to
foster international exchange through sports and to develop environmental awareness,
and by doing so, to contribute through sound upbringing to the creation of Japanese
people with warm hearts and an international outlook. At the same time, we intend
to solve social problems step by step through close collaboration with leading
figures from all sectors.
The Shinzen Crescer Project is an NPO that conducts activities that contribute
to society - such as sports, music, environmental conservation, and medical and
welfare programs - in order to foster the sound upbringing of youth.
¡ Main activities
We conduct various sports events such as international exchanges in order to foster
the sound upbringing of children, and are developing a network of communication
within the local community.
In soccer, we have conducted international invitational matches such as the 2001
Friendship Challenge Cup of the Five Continents, to which we have invited participants
from overseas such as a Brazilian youth team. We have also invited the soccer
team FC Schalke 04, which is a representative German team, in order to foster
international exchange and to conduct a friendship match. We have also organized
soccer clinics targeting local elementary and junior high students (both male
and female), inviting Yasutaro Matsuki, former coach of Yomiuri Verdy, in 1969,
and former J League players as instructors. We are also conducting activities
to spread sports like futsal and beach soccer.
In volleyball, we held a volleyball class called the Kentaro Class around Japan
together with Kentaro Asahi, a professional beach volleyball player. As part of
the Kentaro Asahi Project, we are also supporting the activities of Kentraro,
who has started preparing for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Moreover, we also plan and execute events and dissemination activities that people
from all ages can participate in, like basketball and park golf.
Academic and Cultural Programs
This program has the following theme: Advocacy of developing an identity as a
person, as a member of a community, and as a citizen of Japan by cultivating and
fomenting national and international scholarly activities and rediscovering traditional
Japanese culture. Under this theme, we have supported the Tenga concert activities
organized by the Shinzen Crescer Projectfs advisor in the musical arena and composer
and Japanese drum player Hideki Inoue. We have also supported advertising and
concerts and other events and activities by both national and international musicians
such as the Kocian String Quartet from the Czech Republic and flute player Yoshimi
Moreover, in the Canada Sunshine Project, in order to foster young people who
act with an international outlook, we offer programs by which students can study
in Canada to learn English, as well as other educational training programs by
which students cultivate their individual talents.
Environmental Protection Programs
The departure point of the Crescer Project was a panel discussion held in 1996
to which former British Prime Minister Thatcher was invited to discuss environmental
issues. We participate in activities that help prevent global warming under our
slogan gThe earth is one.h
Specifically, we have recently been involved in reducing the amount of CO2 emission
by supporting the research and development of a new type of biomass energy using
sunflower seeds conducted by a venture company called SunCare Fuels Co. Ltd. that
emerged from University of Tsukuba.
Together with Crescerfs vice-president, Yukimasa Aoki, we are supporting the creation
of cutting-edge cancer treatment and a new system for improving the quality of
life of patients.
Social action program
In collaboration with local government, we are conducting activities that contribute
to society, activities such as town development, local revitalization, and creation
of new communities.