The Asahi Prize (2012)
Professor Nobuo Kamiya (Vice Director, OCU Advanced Research Institute for Natural Science and Technology, OCARINA)
Professor Kamiya was awarded with the Asahi Prize for his research clarifying the molecular structure of the manganese cluster, which plays a pivotal role in the photosynthesis process of plants to make oxygen.
The Asahi Prize honors individuals and groups that have made outstanding accomplishments in the fields of academics and arts, and have greatly contributed to the development and progress of Japanese culture and society at large. The prize is considered as one of the most prestigious awards in Japan.
Professor Kamiya’s research was published in the online edition of Nature in April 2011 and was selected as one of the top-10 breakthroughs of 2011 by Science.