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

Which Potential Olympic Mascot Has The Best Superpowers?

The Japanese Olympic Committee unveiled the three finalists for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics mascot designs, while elementary school children across Japan will be the decision makers. The mascot pair that accumulates the most votes from December 11 to February 22, 2018, will become the representatives of Tokyo 2020. The children will participate only by classes as a unit, not as individuals. The elementary school classes' decision will be announced on February 28, 2018.

There are three pairs for the children to vote on, but only one pair will win!

After a bungled rollout of the official Olympic logo that led to it being scrapped following accusations of plagiarism, local organisers have left the selection of the Tokyo 2020 mascots in the hands of schoolchildren.

The mascots' names will be chosen based on feedback from creative professionals and will be announced next summer.

The Candidate A mascots both bear checkered patterns inspired by the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic emblems.

Which Potential Olympic Mascot Has The Best Superpowers?
Elementary school children across Japan will decide mascot for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The second set features an Olympic character based on Japan's lucky cat and inari fox - which also symbolizes luck - and a Paralympic character resembling a guardian dog often seen at shinto shrines.

The committee held a public invitation for mascot designs in August, gathering a total of 2,042 entries.

These animals are believed to bring good fortune in Japanese culture.

The panel is headed by Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Ryohei Miyata. The members include TV personality Shoko Nakagawa.

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