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Kenjiro Sano, the embattled designer of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic emblem, admitted Saturday that some of the designs that his office contracted and used for items to be handed out as part of a Suntory Beer Ltd. promotional campaign were copies of other designs.

Sano, whose own submission for the Olympic emblem is facing an allegation of plagiarism by a Belgian artist, acknowledged that the designs for the Suntory freebie goods were “traced from third-party designers.”

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