The shrimp farming pioneer won the science and technology category, worth 3 million yen (£20,700). In 1968, the professor became the first to artificially breed black tiger shrimp. This led to the development of shrimp farming in Southeast Asia, allowing those involved to increase their income.
The awards honour individuals and groups that have contributed to Asia's prosperity and quality of life. They will be presented on May 29 in Tokyo.