The government is struggling to find someone worthy of the Yuichiro Miura award, named after the oldest person in the world to have climbed Mount Everest.
The award was established a year ago as Japan celebrated Miura’s achievement at the impressive age of 80.
The prize honors adventurers who have encouraged and moved people in Japan with a great achievement, challenging the limits of human endurance in the wild.
“We haven’t seen a candidate who meets the objective,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.
A government official said daredevils do not qualify.