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Authorized by: the Cabinet Office

29-8,Funabashi, 4choume,Setagaya,Tokyo,156-0055 Japan
Telephone:+81-3-3484-5778
Facsimile:+81-3-3484-5794

URL:http://www.jusoken.or.jp
E-mail: jusoken@kpe.biglobe.ne.jp
As of July 01,2015

History

The Foundation was established in 1948 by late Yasuo Shimizu (former President of Shimizu Corporation) as "Shin Jyutaku Fukyu Kai," a Public Interest Corporation chartered by Tokyo Metropolis.


The late Mr. Yasuo Shimizu (The founder)

At the time of its establishment, serious lack of housing became a big social problem in Japan after World War U. As defined in the 3rd article of the act of endowment, [The purpose of this foundation is to solve the serious housing problem through comprehensive study of housing construction and implementation of its findings.], the Foundation set their purpose and expanded their business mainly on residential construction and its promotion suitable for the new era.

Subsequently, as the total number of housing units began to exceed the number of households in 1972, the Foundation revised its purpose by restating the act of endowment to [The purpose of this foundation is to solve the serious housing problem through comprehensive study of housing construction, and disclosing its findings and implementation.]. The Foundation also established "Housing Construction Research Institute" within the organization and started the comprehensive research activities of housing.

Furthermore, the name of the Foundation was changed to "Housing Research Foundation JUSOKEN" in 1988 to reflect its full-scale research-based practice. The Foundation was authorized by the Cabinet Office as "General Incorporated Foundation JUSOKEN" on July 1, 2011.

As declared in the articles of incorporation, [The purpose of this Foundation is to promote comprehensive research for housing related as well as human resource development, and to contribute to improve lifestyle by the implementing its findings to the society.], the Foundation has been succeed the will towards its activities.

In addition, the Foundations' activities were awarded for the Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan of 1998 (Specific Contributions Division), the Prize of Architectural Institute of Japan for Education (award for outstanding social contributions) of 2010 and the Prize of Association of Urban Housing Sciences 2012 (prize for achievements).

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Organization(As of 2015.07.01.)

■Executive Officers
Trustees Tamiki Ishihara Former president, Seiwa Sogo Tatemono Co.,Ltd
Akio Utsumi Executive adviser, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
Toshio Ojima Professor emeritus, Waseda University
Yoshitsugu Sakamoto Advisor, Tohri Co., Ltd.
Mitsuaki Shimizu Chairman, Shimizu &Co.,Ltd.
Hiroko Nishida Advisor, Nezu Museum
Mineki Hattori Professor emeritus, Chiba University
Eiki Maruyama Professor emeritus, Chiba University
Katsuyoshi Minemasa Former executive director, Housing Research Foundation JUSOKEN
President Tetsuya Nomura Senior Corporate Adviser, Shimizu Corporation
Managing
Director
Shin-ichi Michie Housing Research Foundation JUSOKEN
Directors Yasuaki Shimizu Housing Research Foundation JUSOKEN
Naoki Tani Professor emeritus, Osaka City University
Masayuki Nakagawa Professor, Nihon University
Akiko Nakajima Professor, Wayo Women's University
Manabu Hatsumi Professor emeritus, Tokyo University of Science
Seiichi Fukao Professor emeritus, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Tanji Hoshi Professor emeritus, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Koichiro Miyashita Housing Research Foundation JUSOKEN/Secretary-general
Hiroshi Yoshino Extraordinary professor appointed by the president of the university, Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences Tohoku University/ Professor emeritus, Tohoku University
Mikio Wakabayashi Professor, Waseda University
Auditors Hiroshi Tarui Auditor, Shimizu Corporation
Akira Hasegawa President, Hasegawa licensed tax accountant office
Advisor Yoshichika Uchida Professor emeritus, the University of Tokyo
■Research Administrative Committee
Chairperson Seizou Uchida Professor, Kanagawa University
Committees Tomoko Usuda Professor, Osaka Kyoiku University
Akiko Okabe Professor, The University of Tokyo
Shin-ichi Tanabe Professor, Kanagawa University
Masakuni Tamura Rrepresentative director, ARC Brain Professor, Meiji University
Tomonari Yashiro Vice president, The University of Tokyo/ Professor, Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo

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Services Offered

Annual Priority Theme

Setting theme of the year

A priority subject of the year was set by The Foundation's Research Administrative Committee in order to promote the efficiency in its activities and to consolidate its achievements for housing and living quality improvement.
■Priority theme of the year
・2015: Houses passed on to future generation
・2016: Reconsideration of total living environment
・2017: Housing value in Use for the residents

Grants Programs (publicly offering type)

Research and Practice Grants (1973〜)

The Foundation provides a grant for unpublished study or practice deemed useful for future housing and living quality in order to promote research or practice and to foster researchers in the field of housing.
Applications are accepted on "priority theme" and "free theme" in January each year. Within the range of annual budget for the grant program, the Research Administrative Committee selects studies for programs to be granted, then authorized by the Board of Directors.
(The total number of authorized grants is 968 cases out of 2,710 applications and the grants aggregate up to 2015 is 1,754million yen).
*For more information, please visit website.

Publication Grants (1986〜)

The Foundation provides partial grants for "publication with highly qualified research in housing related field, which contributes to society and suits for the foundation purpose." Applications for the grants are accepted in August each year, and the Research Administrative Committee selects few researches as candidate for authorization. (The total number of authorized grants is 87 cases amounted to 81million yen, up to 2015).

Investigation, Research and Information Collection Services

1.Investigation and research on priority theme

Inherited Housing Research (2013〜March. 2016 )

Study and research to clarify different aspects of housing and living which to be passed to future generation among various problems of housing such as continuous living, housing as stock, and succession and discontinuity of life/culture

House Environment Reconsideration Research (2014〜March 2017)

Comprehensive study to envision form of future housing and living by discussing environment problems of housing from multidirectional viewpoint in order to hand down sustainable living and housing to next generation

Housing Value Research in Use for residents (2015〜March 2018)

Study to visualise Housing Value in Usa for residents in order to activate stock markets and to solve problem of unoccupied or abandoned houses.

2.Other investigations and researches

Housing Education Promotion Committee

With the information service of housing education for teachers, including handouts which explains how housing is relating to other subject, the Foundation implements subsidy of 500,000 yen to support house educational practice. Workshop was held for teachers who delivers housing education to the educational front.

Workshop for Community Creation of Rental Apartment

Purpose of the workshops, which is subjected to those apartments owned by the Foundation, is to create and stimulate resident participation to communal activities based on the residents' needs. The workshops are expected to create reliable and safe residential environment and to reduce vacant units for apartment building owner.

Promotion Services

1.Investigation and research on priority theme

Jusoken Symposium (1981〜)

Symposium is held for researchers, practitioners, and to the public three times a year by collecting research outcome from the annual priority theme contributed to improve housing and living quality,
*The images of the symposium is uploaded on our website.

Publication of Journal (1988〜)

Mainly the lectures given in the symposium held on the annual priority theme are published in the journal "Jusoken Report Sumairon". The Journal is issued once a year in July for researchers, practitioners, and the general public.

Memoirs by the Housing Research Foundation (1974〜)

Commissioned researches are assessed by the Research Administrative Committee and published annually in March as the "Memoirs by the Housing Research Foundation".
*Excluding few thesis, all study memoirs (No.1-41) are scheduled to be uploaded on our website.

E-mail newsletter (2010〜)

The activities of the Foundation are reported four times a year in the newsletter "Jusoken Dayori". Also, event information such as of the symposium is sent out via e-mail, Twitter, and website.

2.Other Activities

Library −collecting housing related books and opening to public−

The Library stores approximately 20,000 books related to housing. The research papers and documents are widely open to the public; not only accessible by the researchers and the practitioners. Currently, the priority theme−related books and the works of well−known researchers are also available. The library also hold book exhibitions and purchases new books recommended by intellectuals. The details of library use can be found in the website.

3.Publication-related activity

Publication "Housing series(book series)"

The accomplishments of the front-line experts working on various housing problems are published in about two issues annually as "Housing series(book series)".

・"The Third House" All about Collective Housing
・"Recommendation of communal living" − living together in an aging society and local community
・"Struggle of novice chairperson for municipal community" − source of mutual assistance in such place.
・"Living in vicinity" − how it is employed to housing and local revitalization in declining birth rate and aging population society?
・"Housing Adventure" − making our living place
・"Questions about housing finance and tax system from women with architecture background"

Recognition Services

Yasuo Shimizu Prize by the Housing Research Foundation

"Yasuo Shimizu Prize" was established in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Foundation, to reflect the original intention of its founder, Yasuo Shimizu.
The Prize is awarded to researchers or scholars with the highest contribution to the field of housing research, and "with high potential for leading to a new era or new field in housing research" or "with high potential for immediate social or practical applications. Restarted in 2013, the Prize has been awarded almost every three years. (next award to be in 2016)

The Housing Research and Practice Foundation Prize for Fine Researches

Several fine researches are selected for the Housing Research and Practice Foundation Prize from the research papers using the Foundation grants.

The Housing Foundation Prize for Doctoral Thesis (2015〜)

Several fine doctoral thesis are selected for the Housing Research Foundation Prize.

Other Services

Grants for special purpose (Direct placement type) (2010〜)

Specific objective is determined by the Board of Directors for the grant in the form of direct placement to activities such as administration and maintenance of registered cultural assets related to housing, and reconstruction aid activities in disaster stricken areas.The entrance fees of the symposium is donated to the earthquake stricken areas. Including individual donation from the Foundation, it adds up to 1,205,000 yen.

Consultation about housing

The Foundation provides consultation on housing.

Housing Rental Business

Rental Housing by Housing Research Foundation

Since late 1960's, the Foundation has built 3 apartment complexes in Tokyo as practical application of its research. A total of 142 units in the 3 apartments listed below are managed by the Foundation today, and the rental income becomes a part of the activity funds of the Foundation.

・Ichigaya Kagacho Apartment (Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Metropolis)
・Toyota House (Hino City, Tokyo Metropolis)
・Ten-nouzu Terrace (Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis)

Data collection of facility management and administration for researches

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