Tokyo 2020 Games emblems - selection process

Opinions on the Shortlisted emblem designs

Thank you to everyone who sent in a comment about the shortlisted designs.

The views and comments received served as a valuable frame of reference to the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee when making its final decision on 25 April.

Competition Schedule

16 October 2015 Public announcement of Application Guidelines
30 October 2015 Announcement of outline of the application website (Japanese only)
24 November 2015 (noon JST) Opening date for receipt of entries
7 December 2015 (noon JST) Closing date for receipt of entries
7 – 11 December 2015 Format check
15 December 2015 Start of design check
7 – 9 January 2015 Evaluation by the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee
12 January 2016 – Conduct domestic and international trademark verification processes
8 April 2016 Announcement of shortlisted emblem designs
25 April 2016 Final decision on winning design

Evaluation of Entries

We originally received 14,599 entries and we would like to thank everyone who entered a design. All designs were carefully evaluated in line with the selection procedure.

Details of evaluation Evaluation of entries
1. Phase 1 – Format check
All 110 members of the Emblems Selection Secretariat will check to ensure entries comply with the stipulated format requirements.
All entries that pass the format check will then be examined to ensure compliance with specified legal requirements.
Number of valid entries: 10,666
2. Phase 2 – First design check

Entries that pass the second format check will be evaluated from a design perspective by a group containing a small number of people.

List of Selection Committee members (Japanese only)

A live video of the selection committee at work was streamed between 08:45–10:15 on 15 December.
Thank you to all of you who watched the video.

Number of valid entries: 311
3. Phase 2 – Second design check

Entries that have passed the first design check will then be forwarded to the second stage of design evaluation. This process will be conducted by a group containing a large number of people.

List of Selection Committee members (Japanese only)

A live video of the selection committee at work was streamed between 10:30–11:45 on 21 December.
Thank you to all of you who watched the video.

Number of valid entries: 64
4. Phase 3 – Evaluation by the Emblems Selection Committee

Over a three-day period, the committee will a conduct series of discussions and votes on the designs. Successful entries will then be shortlisted for the trademark verification process. The members of the Selection Committee will evaluate each entry from a variety of perspectives.

Number of valid entries: 4

Guidelines for the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Design Competition

16 October 2015
Details of the guidelines for the Tokyo 2020 Emblem Design Competition were finalised at the third meeting of the Tokyo 2020 Emblem Selection Committee held on 16 October 2015.
The deadline for accepting emblem design applications expired at noon, 7 December 2015.

Please be aware that sharing your entry publicly will result in its disqualification.

Selection process

All entries will be subject to a seven-step selection process.

FAQ for applications

Answers to questions regarding the Application Guidelines. (Regular updates)

About the universally accessible PDF
The universally accessible PDF is a document which persons with a mobility or visual impairment are able to use. Users can use screen readers, a magnifying glass or braille printer if they desire. However, the document can also be read without such aids.

Latest Information


The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee conducted a survey on the selection of the Games emblems during the below period. The results of the survey were submitted to the Emblems Selection Committee.

5 - 15 October 2015 Yahoo! News - Results of Games emblems recognition survey(Open in a new window)
2 - 8 October 2015 Facebook - Results of second round of voting(Open in a new window)
29 Sept. - 4 Oct. 2015 Facebook - Results of first round of voting(Open in a new window)
A Facebook account is required to take part in the voting process on the official Facebook page.
Please note that the Android app for Facebook cannot be used for the voting function at present. Thank you for your kind understanding in this regard.

Usable environments
  • - iOS official Facebook app
  • - Browsers accessed through mobile terminals ( – regardless of whether using iOS or Android
  • - Browsers accessed through personal computers (

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Selection Committee Member List

On 29 September, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee launched an Emblems Selection Committee to ensure an open process for the earliest possible selection of Games emblems that will have widespread appeal.

Ryohei MIYATA Commissioner for Cultural Affairs
Ryoichi ENOMOTO Creative Director
Visiting Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design
Yuko HASEGAWA Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Professor, Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
Izumi HAYASHI Attorney-at-Law
Partner, Sakurazaka Law Offices
Visiting professor at Chuo Law School
Hiroshi IMANAKA President, Social Welfare Foundation SOOHKAI
Creative Director, Atelier Incurve
Hiroshi KASHIWAGI Professor, Musashino Art University
Mitsuo KATSUI Graphic designer
Professor Emeritus at Musashino Art University
Mari Christine Inter-cultural communications specialist and media personality
Fuyuko MATSUI Artist
Kei MATSUSHITA Professor of Visual Communication Design,
Tokyo University of the Arts
Motoo NAKANISHI Design consultant, PAOS Group Representative (Tokyo and Shanghai)
Takeshi NATSUNO Guest professor, Graduate School of Media and
Governance of Keio University
Mei NISHIZAKI The 4th-grade in Ritsumeikan University
Sadaharu OH Chairman of the Board, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Corp.
Chairman, World Children's Baseball Foundation
Fumi SASADA President & CEO, Bravis International Limited
Toshiyuki SHIGA Member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairman,
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd
Ai SUGIYAMA Former tennis professional player
TV sports commentator
Keiichi TADAKI Attorney at Law
Former Prosecutor General
Aki TAGUCHI Paralympian, Japanese national shooting team
Director, Paralympians Association of Japan
Risa TANAKA President, The Graduate School of Project Design
Director, SENDENKAIGI Co.,Ltd
Hiroshi YAMAMOTO Professor, Faculty of Sports and Health Studies of Hosei University
Former NHK announcer and commentator