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Sep 1, 2015

Tokyo 2020 poised to withdraw logo in latest blow – reports

TOKYO (Reuters) – Organizers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were poised to withdraw the official logo announced for the Games just a month ago after its designer admitted to copying presentation materials from the internet, media reports said on Tuesday.

Questions about the 2020 logo arose immediately after its July unveiling when Belgian designer Olivier Debie said it was too similar to his logo for the Theatre de Liege and demanded its use be halted. He and the theater subsequently filed a lawsuit in a local court.

Sep 1, 2015

Olympics-Tokyo 2020 poised to withdraw logo in latest blow – reports

TOKYO, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Organisers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were poised to withdraw the official logo announced for the Games just a month ago after its designer admitted to copying presentation materials from the internet, media reports said on Tuesday.

Questions about the 2020 logo arose immediately after its July unveiling when Belgian designer Olivier Debie said it was too similar to his logo for the Theatre de Liege and demanded its use be halted. He and the theatre subsequently filed a lawsuit in a local court.

Aug 14, 2015

Japan releases 2020 stadium guidelines, but no cost estimates

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan approved guidelines for its new Olympic stadium on Friday, vowing to build an athlete-friendly stadium as cheaply as possible and complete it by March 2020, a year later than planned, but without including any cost estimates or limits.

Japan scrapped its original plan for the new National stadium last month in the face of widespread outrage after costs ballooned to $2.1 billion, nearly twice original estimates — an unusual move for an Olympic host city this late in the process.

Aug 14, 2015

Japan PM expresses ‘utmost grief’ over war but no fresh apology

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed “utmost grief” for the suffering Japan inflicted in World War Two, but said that future generations of Japanese should not have to keep apologising for the mistakes of the past.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, Abe also said he upheld past official apologies including a landmark 1995 statement by then-premier Tomiichi Murayama, but the conservative leader offered no new apology of his own.

Aug 14, 2015

Olympics-Japan to release 2020 stadium guidelines, but no cost estimates

TOKYO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Japan was set to approve on Friday guidelines for its new Olympic stadium, with local media reporting cost estimates are unlikely to be included and construction would not start until at least a year later than planned.

Japan scrapped its original plan for the new National stadium last month in the face of widespread outrage after costs ballooned to $2.1 billion, nearly twice original estimates – an unusual move for an Olympic host city this late in the process.

Aug 5, 2015

‘No truth’ to plagiarism claims: Tokyo 2020 logo designer

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese designer behind the logo for the 2020 Summer Olympics said on Wednesday there is “absolutely no truth” to claims it was plagiarized from a Belgian design, while Tokyo Games officials said legally there is no problem.

Questions about the 2020 logo arose last week when Belgian designer Olivier Debie said it was too similar to his design for the Theatre de Liege and that he was consulting lawyers, who sent a letter to Japanese organizers last week demanding a response.

Aug 5, 2015

Olympics-’No truth’ to plagiarism claims: Tokyo 2020 logo designer

TOKYO, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The Japanese designer behind the logo for the 2020 Summer Olympics said on Wednesday there is “absolutely no truth” to claims it was plagiarized from a Belgian design, while Tokyo Games officials said legally there is no problem.

Questions about the 2020 logo arose last week when Belgian designer Olivier Debie said it was too similar to his design for the Theatre de Liege and that he was consulting lawyers, who sent a letter to Japanese organizers last week demanding a response.

Aug 4, 2015

Japan suspends work on U.S. base on Okinawa as Abe battles low ratings

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Tuesday it was suspending construction of a contentious U.S. air base on the island of Okinawa for a month to give time for talks between the central government and island authorities opposed to the facility.

Residents of Okinawa, the site of bloody battles between U.S. and Japanese forces near the end of World War Two, have long objected to tens of thousands of U.S. troops and U.S. military installations on 18 percent of their island.

Jul 30, 2015

Japan says no problem as questions rise about Tokyo 2020 logo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Olympics organizers said there is no problem with their new emblem after discussions arose about possible plagiarism, with internet commentators suggesting there was a resemblance to an overseas logo.

The emblem, unveiled last week, had already gotten mixed reviews from the Japanese public and risks becoming the latest in a series of missteps to mar Japan’s can-do reputation as it prepares to host the summer Games for the second time in 2020.

Jul 30, 2015

Olympics-Japan says no problem as questions rise about Tokyo 2020 logo

TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) – Tokyo Olympics organisers said there is no problem with their new emblem after discussions arose about possible plagiarism, with internet commentators suggesting there was a resemblance to an overseas logo.

The emblem, unveiled last week, had already gotten mixed reviews from the Japanese public and risks becoming the latest in a series of missteps to mar Japan’s can-do reputation as it prepares to host the summer Games for the second time in 2020.