Logo Change To Create Additional Costs

Logo change to create additional costsThe organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will face additional costs after withdrawing the emblems.
They said on Tuesday that they had decided to stop using the logos designed by Japanese art director Kenjiro Sano.

The organizers said they would not pay Sano the prize money of one million yen, or about 8,300 dollars, adding that the impact of scrapping the logos will be limited.

But it has been revealed that the organizers allowed the production of posters, clothing and other goods bearing the emblems even after the alleged problems emerged.

They may now face lawsuits for damages from sponsor companies that have used the scrapped logos in their advertising.

A graphic designer in Belgium says Japan's decision to scrap the logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is in line with his request.

Olivier Debie filed a lawsuit in August against the International Olympic Committee, seeking to halt its use of the emblem created by Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano. He says Sano's logo closely resembles one of his designs.

Debie told NHK on Tuesday he was surprised that the Tokyo organizers have acknowledged the problem.

He referred to the organizers' announcement that the emblem does not plagiarize his design.

He said he is not convinced as the organizers have failed to clearly explain their reasoning.

Debie said he will not consider withdrawing the lawsuit with a Belgian court until he confirms the IOC's position at the first hearing scheduled for September 22nd.