Akira Miyawaki (宮脇 昭 Miyawaki Akira) was awarded the Asahi Prize in the year 2006, since he made an outstanding efforts for scientific research contirbuting to solving the "Global Environmental Problems", one of which is the "Global Warming", with the help of his invention, the "Miyawaki Forest", which is also known as the "Man Made Forests".
The Blue Planet Prize recognises outstanding efforts in scientific research or applications of science that contribute to solving global environmental problems. The prize was created by the Asahi Glass Foundation in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, and since then the foundation has awarded the prize to two winners every year. In 2012, twenty of the Blue Planet Prize winners collaborated on a joint paper that was launched at the UN Environment Programme's Governing Council meeting in Nairobi on 20 February.
"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."