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Creating Systemic Change

27 July 2017

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The article documents how Japan is embracing new approaches such as engaging social enterprises in tackling social issues and creating systemic changes in society in the process. Stories of how a non-profit revolutionised the elderly care sector, how a social entrepreneur brought wind power to the homes of many, and how a foundation brought the public and private sectors to create and finance a project that will delay dementia for the aging population in Japan, are featured. Drawing these case studies of cross-sectoral collaboration and social innovation projects across the fields of healthcare and clean energy, Japan shows clear potential to become one of the leading social economies in Asia. The article also highlights key trends and players in the social investing ecosystem in Japan and brings forth an optimistic viewpoint of the Japanese landscape. This article will be useful for policymakers or players in the social innovation space to find success stories that they would like to emulate.

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A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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