あおぞら財団 A Brief History
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A Brief History

The 1978 lawsuit over air pollution in Osaka’s Nishiyodogawa area ended in a March 1995 settlement in which the plaintiffs and nine defendant corporations agreed to work together to redevelop pollution-stricken areas. Pollution victims wished for a future with a blue sky,which they had hoped the lawsuit would achieve. To pass that wish on to the next generation, in September 1996 they donated part of the settlement to establish the Center for the Redevelopment of Pollution-damaged Areas in Japan (Aozora Foundation, i.e., Blue Sky Foundation; under Environment Ministry jurisdiction). This foundation is the first of its kind in Japan. In July 2011, we have transformed to public interest incorporated foundation.