A movement that traces its origins to nineteenth-century England, the National Trusts acquires sites with natural value and historical buildings via donations from citizens. Its conservation activities protect private-sector sanctuaries as "trust land," highlighting this approach as an effective way to steadfastly protect natural capital. The Natural Trusts as a movement in Japan goes back to 1960, and the scope of its activities has broadened to now include over 50 regions across Japan.

SuMi TRUST Bank recognizes that increasing National Trusts landholdings is an investment in the foundation supporting our livelihoods, and through land acquisitions, environmental education, and our products using the trust system, we support its activities, which are rooted in the characteristics of each site.

SuMi TRUST Bank joined a campaign led by the Association of National Trusts in Japan to protect the Utasai Bog, the oldest high-elevation marshland in Hokkaido with a history that goes back 24,000 years. The donation of the Sapporo Branch and SapporoChuo Branch for the Utasai Bog is commensurate to the sum needed to purchase 1,500 m2 of the site.

Utasai Bog, Hokkaido’s Oldest

The Beech Forest in Kuromatsunai town is the most northern habitat of native beech. Moreover, the forest is valuable for awakening us to the environmental changes caused by global warming. Employees of the Sapporo Branch and Sapporo-Chuo Branch planted beech saplings on the National Trusts site and are active in regular activities to conserve the beech trees.

Northernmost Beech Forest

Oyatsu Forest spreads out behind the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine. To protect this forest, the Kamakura Environment Conservation Society was established in 1964 as the first National Trusts chapter in Japan. SuMi TRUST Bank sponsored an environmental education class in Kamakura City to mark the 50th anniversary of the Society’s founding.

Oyatsu Forest

Koajiro Forest, located near the tip of the Miura Peninsula, has been preserved by the activities of the National Trust chapter in Kanagawa Prefecture. SuMi TRUST Bank, in collaboration with Green TV Japan, interviewed experts for an education video it produced for use in environmental education classes at elementary schools.

Koajiro Forest

The roughly 25-hectare Nakaikemi wetlands, surrounded by mountains on three sides, are rich with nature and designated under the Ramsar Convention. SuMi TRUST Bank has produced a video on the wetlands highlighting the 3,000 species of flora and fauna that call it home despite its proximity to a city center. The video is to be used for environmental education in Fukui Prefecture.

Nakaikemi Wetlands

The water head for the Yoshii River watershed is in a 62 hectare forest where nature has been preserved in a pristine state. SuMi TRUST Bank created educational materials on the water head forest and used them to teach environmental education classes to elementary school students, prompting the students to think about the importance of water.

Water Head in Mimasaka Forest Trust

Tenjinzaki is a promontory in Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. Despite its location near a city center, the site is home to a rich natural environment. SuMi TRUST Bank produced education videos from interviews conducted by students of a nearby elementary school, and used these for environmental education classes.


The Tsushima leopard cat is an endangered wildcat living exclusively on Tsushima Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, with its population now down to just around 100. In addition to programs for Kuromatsunai town and Amami Oshima, SuMi TRUST Bank administers a donation program for funding purchases of National Trusts landholdings through social contribution donation trusts.

Forest where Tsushima leopard cats live

SuMi TRUST Bank has joined the Trust Campaign run by the Association of National Trusts in Japan to protect the rare Amami Rabbit, whose sole habitats are the islands of Amani Oshima and Toku-no-shima. The Kagoshima Branch donated a sum commensurate to that needed to purchase 8,066 m2 of forest lands for the rabbit.

Forest where Amami-no-kurousagi (Amami Rabbit) lives

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