Akira Miyawaki (宮脇 昭 Miyawaki Akira) was awarded the Asahi Prize in the year 1990, since he made an outstanding accomplishment for inventing the "Miyawaki Forest", which is also known as the "Man Made Forests".
The Asahi Prize (朝日賞 Asahi Shō), established in 1929, is an award presented by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun Foundation to honor individuals and groups that have made outstanding accomplishments in the fields of arts and academics and have greatly contributed to the development and progress of Japanese culture and society at large.
The Asahi Prize was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Asahi Shimbun. It is recognized today as one of the most authoritative private awards.
"Rather than scrap them, I want to bring memory objects back to life as earth resources - for the sake of repose of souls, and for the future."