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Tokyo Unveils Three Shortlisted Mascot Designs for 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo Unveils Three Shortlisted Mascot Designs for 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Today on December 7, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games unveiled three sets of mascot designs for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The three final designs have been chosen from among 2,042 entries submitted from all over Japan.

"The first set is a pair of humanoid characters clad in the "ichimatsu" checkered pattern of the Games" official logo.

The Candidate B Olympic mascot is inspired by a "maneki-neko" beckoning cat and a fox, while the Paralympic mascot is created in the style of a "komainu" guard lion-dog. The third set features a fox and a dog with gold ribbons on their back.

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Cultural Affairs Commissioner Ryohei Miyata, who chairs the organizing committee's mascot-screening panel, said he was hoping many schools would take the chance to shape the games and Japan's future through their votes because children "represent the future".

The chosen mascots will be announced after the conclusion of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February, with the selection panel subsequently deciding a name before a formal launch in July or August 2018.

The winning mascot designs are expected to be decided on February 28. The members include TV personality Shoko Nakagawa.

For the first time in the history of the games, the mascots are to be decided by election with each elementary school class in the nation having one vote to cast. Repeatedly checking the parameters for the design and having the works examined by experts, the three pairs were narrowed down after making sure they did not violate any intellectual property rights such as trademarks.


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