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Tokyo 2020 selects Preliminary Committee membership to initiate selection of new Games emblems

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today announced it has selected the membership of a preliminary committee to initiate a Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee.

Ryohei Miyata, President of the Tokyo University of the Arts, is appointed to head the preliminary committee. The other five members are Ai Sugiyama, former tennis professional player and TV sports commentator; Keiichi Tadaki, lawyer and former Prosecutor General; Takeshi Natsuno, guest professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance of Keio University; Mari Christine, inter-cultural communications specialist and media personality; and Hiroshi Yamamoto, professor at the Faculty of Sports and Health Studies of Hosei University, former NHK announcer and commentator.

Mr Miyata said:

There is a great deal of interest among the general public about the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic emblems. My appointment as chair of the preliminary committee that will pave the way for the creation of new Games emblems brings with it a heavy responsibility, however, it is also a tremendous honour. To ensure the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games, it is essential that we actively engage as many people as possible. We will exert our utmost efforts towards the selection of emblems that the people of Japan can be proud of, and that will inspire excitement and passion throughout the whole of the country.

The preliminary committee will select the membership of the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee (provisional name), examine the issues surrounding the withdrawal of the previous Games emblems, and based on its findings will formulate a basic policy for the selection of new Tokyo 2020 Games emblems.

The first meeting of the preliminary committee will take place on Friday 18 September 2015.