Candidates for 2020 Games logo narrowed down to four

JIJI, Kyodo

The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee has winnowed down the logo candidates for the 2020 Games to four finalists.

The four designs were selected Saturday after a three-day screening round involving 21 members of the committee’s emblem selection panel, chaired by Ryohei Miyata, president of Tokyo University of the Arts.

The finalists will be made public on the committee’s website for comments after undergoing trademark checks. According to the committee, procedures involving trademark registration for the four candidate emblems will cost about ¥80 million in total.

The new logo will be decided this spring after a final screening by the selection panel.

The organizing committee invited new design proposals after scrapping the former logo due to allegations of plagiarism in September.

A total of 14,599 new design proposals were submitted.