Elementary school children across Japan will decide mascot for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Ruben Hill
December 8, 2017

Organizers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday unveiled three final candidates for the games' official mascot, passing the baton to the nation's elementary school students - who will pick the victor in a vote starting Monday.

The schoolchildren will review the shortlisted designs with their classes casting a single vote in favor of one of the three sets. The elementary school classes' decision will be announced on February 28, 2018.

Proposal A is a pair of characters with an iichimatsu moyo checkered pattern.

In the "B pairing", we have a half lucky beckoning cat and half inari fox character who was "born from the fire and soil that warm Japan". The third set features a fox and a dog with gold ribbons on their back.

As the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, get ready to kick off in February, officials are already looking ahead to the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. "Japan is also a mascot giant and the world's leader in creative fields ... and these designs showcase such mastery".

"We hope that many schools and classes will take this opportunity to help shape the Games", he added.

TV personality Shoko Nakagawa, another member of the screening committee, called the student vote "historic" given that mascots were not used in 1964.

Each design set contains one mascot for the Olympic Games and one for the Paralympic Games.

The committee is still now accepting participating schools. Students from Japanese schools outside Japan and from Japan's worldwide schools are also eligible to vote.

The mascot design set that receives the highest number of votes will be announced as the victor on 28 February, shortly after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The names of the chosen mascots are expected to be released in July to August of the same year.

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